They also served . . .
"Those were different times then. They were dark times. There was an insidious evil rampaging across Europe, and decent men were needed to stop it."
So said Raymond Wall from Loughrea, Galway, a former engineer with RAF Bomber Command, explaining to his son why he had served during World War Two.
Wall's story is one of dozens told in the new book Dark Times, Decent Men -- Stories of Irishmen in World War II.
Illustrated with more than 130 photographs and memorabilia, the scrapbook-style book gives dramatic first-hand accounts of the Irish who went to fight while people at home were having 'The Emergency'.
Paying tribute to the "Irish heroes" Winston Churchill said: "I can only pray that in years which I shall not see, the shame will be forgotten and the glories will endure."