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Grace under fire

Allow me to belatedly thank all those Irish Army personnel who stood by Ireland during World War Two and stayed true to their oath of allegiance, at a time when Europe was engulfed in terrible war, with the added danger of a British invasion of Ireland to secure the treaty ports.

Winston Churchill in his victory speech in 1945 said these men showed tremendous loyalty, honour and valour.

Despite the clamour for pardons, apologies and memorials for those who deserted their posts and left Ireland unguarded, there are still many who value the unselfish patriotic endeavours in defending Irish sovereignty and neutrality during those dark years.

Those soldiers who didn't desert Ireland in her hour of danger can hold their heads high despite the unrelenting campaign to undervalue their roles. Thank you.

Tom Cooper
Dublin 16

Irish Independent