Thursday 22 February 2018

President does us a great service

No one has done more in the last decade or so to give meaning and definition to our continued quest for peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland than President Mary McAleese.

Nothing she has done in my opinion will prove to be more important than her visit to Gallipoli later today to honour the heroic Irishmen from the Dublin and Munster Fusiliers left behind on the shores of Cape Helles on April 25 1915; and in August 1915, one brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division at Anzac Cove; and at Suvla Bay, two brigades of the 10th (Irish) Division. Gallipoli cost us more than soldiers.

The losses of Trinity College Dublin in Gallipoli were a grievous blow to the college (over 50 men, including Mary McAleese's predecessor as Reid Professor of Law, were lost) and define for us the nature of the loss that we have borne largely in silence to this very day.

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