How did a century pass without tell of our young men who suffered hellish deaths?
My grandfather would close his eyes and belt out the rebel songs to hushed and reverent neighbours. There was a common theme to them -- of local brave young men from Kerry who were gunned down as they fought to free their country from the grip of the British oppressor.
Each tune knitting romanticism, bravery and death seamlessly.
In all those songs, though, I never once heard the name of Private Patrick Foley from Glenbeigh, who lost his life serving for the Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd Battalion on Thursday, March 21, 1918 -- on the day the Germans launched their last-gasp Spring Offensive as World War I neared its end.