Visit To Kickham Barracks And Lecture
We held our Lecture in the Officers Mess Kickham Barracks recently, following the kind invitation of Barrack OC Commdt Eric Larkin and OC of the 12th Infantry Battalion Lt.Col Brendan O’Shea. We were first given a tour of the well kept museum and then visited the two monuments that are evident within the barrack square where our Secretary Mick Dolan detailed the history behind the names and battles on these monuments. We then retired to the Officers Mess where Richard Howley of Clonmel Archaeological and Historical Society regaled and entertained us with his well researched history of the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. Thanks very much and well done Richard.
Many thanks to all concerned for facilitating our visit, it was greatly appreciated, especially considering the cloud currently hanging over the Barracks, it was somewhat poignant to think this fine barracks might soon be closed.
Considering the historical significance to Clonmel and surrounding areas of the two monuments in the square, we wonder what will become of them if the barracks does close? Will they be broken down and dumped or are there plans to relocate them to a proper home-these are the questions currently occupying our minds and we plan to petition the relevant authorities to ensure that these monuments are kept in Clonmel as a reminder of the sacrifices paid by young men from this area in past wars-regardless of their reasons.
Next Months Lecture
On Tuesday 15th November we will be entertained by Dr Noel Carey with his excellent lecture “Battle Blitz Blockade and the Weather Forecast-The Luftwaffe and Neutral Ireland 1940-1945”. This will detail the part Ireland played, despite being neutral, in the success of some of the key events of the Second World War and will explore the bombing of Ireland by the Luftwaffe - were they really accidental or were they a warning to behave as a neutral country should? This promises to be an intriguing lecture - definitely not one to be missed.
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