Sunday 26 February 2017

Gallipoli's Irish heroes finally get their due

Gallipoli: Ireland's Forgotten Heroes, RTE One
* Jane The Virgin, E4

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

RTE journalist David Davin-Power had a personal interest in the documentary; his grandfather was among the Irish at Gallipoli
RTE journalist David Davin-Power had a personal interest in the documentary; his grandfather was among the Irish at Gallipoli

When I was growing up in Crumlin in the early '80s, there was an elderly man known as 'Mad Larry' by kids and their parents alike. It wasn't an affectionate nickname.

No, Mad Larry - as we were told by disapproving adults - was guilty of a particularly heinous crime - he "fought for the Brits" and had come back from World War II with a screamingly obvious case of extreme PTSD.

Nobody ever knew just what this poor, damaged man had seen and gone through, because he was a pariah to some in the area. He lived with his mother and when she died he stayed indoors, and whatever private psychological hell he was forced to relive was broken only by the sound of banging on his windows and kicks to his door.

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