On Friday night last over 100 people piled in to the Annex of Damer house to hear the stories of the people from Roscrea who fought and died in WWI.
And on Saturday many people arrived with their bags with medals, papers and photographs to find out more with the help of our expert Michael Ward who also put on a display of weapons and artefacts. The exhibition which was hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society was organised by Joe Coughlan who runs the site www.roscreathroughtheages.org along with the help of Dick Conroy and Martin Matthews. On Friday night the speakers included Eamon Horan who gave a great insight into what Roscrea was like during the period 1914 /18 through newspaper articles and the census of the time. Martin Matthews told the story of his two grand uncles and went on to show how nearly every house in Grove St and Bunkers Hill had someone who went to fight. Then Joe Coughlan told of how those who survived were treated when they came home through the stories of two soldiers Sergeant Michael Fletcher and Private Ned Walsh. Adrian Hewson lightened the evening when he told an amusing story about a hand grenade he found as a boy and went on to tell some of the stories of people from the Church of Ireland who fought and finished up with reading from the newspaper from the last day of the war.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.