As part of the Gallipoli centenary commemorations in Kells, Co.Meath – co-sponsored by the Hay/Kells Festival and RTE Radio 1’s The History Show – a day of talks and lectures for the general public on Sunday 26 April will focus on the Irish involvement in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.
Dr. Conor Mulvagh of University College, Dublin will discuss the ‘biographer’ of the 10th Irish Division, Major Bryan Cooper, Dr. Tomás Irish, Associate Director of the Centre for War Studies in Trinity College, Dublin will examine the role of TCD students in the campaign. RTE cameraman Michael Lee will focus on the terrain of the Gallipoli peninsula itself, historian Philp Lecane will preview his new book on the Dublin Fusiliers and Gallipoli with a talk on the 1st Dublins and 1st Munsters at the ‘V’ Beach landings of 25 April 1915, Dr. John Borgonovo of University College, Cork will analyse the Cork street song Salonika which is indelibly associated with the 10th (Irish) Division, Dr. Jennifer Wellington of UCD will assess the impact of the campaign on her native Australia, Murat Balandi, CEO of Turkish Airlines in Ireland will discuss the effect of the events of 1915 on his native Turkey and Donal McAnallen, Ulster GAA historian will look at the roles played by members of the Gaelic Athletic Association during the war.
The Hay/Kells Festival and RTE Radio 1’s The History Show – co-sponsors of Gallipoli100 – are pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke will be performing new material on the subject of the Great War at his Gallipoli100 concert in St.Columba’s Church of Ireland in Kells, Co. Meath on Saturday 25 April.
Declan’s evening concert (which kicks off at 8.00 pm) will be the centerpiece of a weekend of events to mark the centenary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign – one of the most tragic episodes of the Great War, particularly from an Irish point of view.
Declan, who was a special guest in one of the five History Show Great War commemorative programmes in the summer of 2014 will perform some of the iconic anti-war works of Eric Bogle as well as a new version of The Foggy Dew and his own unique interpretation of Cormac McConnell’s epic song on the Christmas 1914 truce on the Western Front – as well as much additional material – as part of the evening event Poems of War, Songs of Peace. A number of WW1 poems will be read by Kells-based award-winning Welsh poet Nerys Williams.
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