Monday 20 February 2017

Right to honour Gallipoli heroes

Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00

I am so glad that the President is laying a wreath in Gallipoli for the 3,000 Irish dead, of whom about 1,000 were from Co Limerick. Critics of this high-risk, badly managed campaign summed it up as follows: "They fought for King and country and died for nothing."

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They were fighting, in the words of Woodrow Wilson, to make the world a safe place for democracy. Pearse referred to the Turks as our "gallant allies", the Turks at this stage had massacred over one million Armenian Catholics.

The 10th Irish Division were both Catholics and Protestants fighting side by side, many recruited in a mass rally in Lansdowne Road. Had Gallipoli succeeded and had the allies got supplies up to Russia, the history of Russia and Ireland might have been different.

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