Lecture to highlight role of Leitrim soldiers in WWI

Ballinamore man and former teacher, Padraig Griffin, is the guest speaker for the next Carrick-on-Shannon and District Historical Society lecture.

Ballinamore man and former teacher, Padraig Griffin, is the guest speaker for the next Carrick-on-Shannon and District Historical Society lecture.

Padraig, who is the former President of the Irish Athletic Association, will give an account of the Ireland that was at the time of the First World War and the impact it had on not only the Leitrim area but the surrounding counties as well. This will be especially relevant to relatives of men who took part and will also cover the state of Ireland and Europe in the lead up to the outbreak of World War 1.

Mr Griffin will also focus on the effects locally and nationally and the various actions of the war which involved Irish soldiers.

His lecture “Leitrim Echoes of the Great War 1914-1818” is a lecture not to be missed!

Ireland was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland which entered the war in August 1914 as one of the Entente Powers along with France and Russia when it declared war to halt the military expansion of the Central Powers consisting of the German Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Bulgaria

Over 2,000 men who fought in this war are believed to have come from Co Leitrim and of these, over 250 gave their lives on various battlefields. Most of them were buried close to where they fell.

Over 2,500 Connaught Rangers were killed in World War 1. They are commemorated at Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. There are also memorials to them at the Irish National War Museum at Islandbridge in Dublin; Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines Belgium; Ulster Tower Memorial at Thiepval, France and Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

This important lecture will take place in the Bush Hotel on Wednesday April 18th at 8.30pm. All welcome.