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The North Wexford Historical Society - Gorey Library
Friday 15th Feb: Brian and Mary Kenny wrote, produced and presented the event for the N.W.H.S., which took place in the Gorey Library in front of a very good crowd. In fact, the Chairman of the N.W.H.S. pointed out that our event had produced the largest audience the Society had achieved to date, Seventy people were in attendance and that excluded those of us taking part.
We set-up a diorama by the entrance of the Library by way of an introduction to our evening. At the rear of the seating area, both ourselves and the Western Front Association put on a display of Great War artifacts, medals and memorabilia. Senior IGWS member Eugene Power from Cork, resplendent in his Victorian Royal Munster Fusiliers scarlet and black uniform, was also representing the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Western Front Association (Cork Branch). WFA Cork Branch officer Ross Glennon displayed his extensive medal collection awarded to Irish men and Women during WW1. Darren McMahon, Kieth Donnelly and Les Newman provided the visual aspect of the fighting men badged as the, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (Sgt), Leinster Regiment (Officer) and Royal Irish Regiment (Pte.), respectively.
Brian started the proceedings with an introduction into the uniform and equipment used by the men of the British Expeditionary Force and the New Armies. He continued with trench life and the Commonwealth War Graves before closing with an emotional review of the Gorey men that paid the ultimate sacrifice. The interest was so high that most of the audience remained long after the talk ended.
We would like to thank the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association for their support on the evening, and especially to Ross for bringing his fine medal collection. Finally, we would also like to express our gratitude to Cllr. Robbie Ireton (Gorey) for his support on the evening and his kind praise.
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Gorey
Sunday 17th Mar: In the morning of the parade we drove down to Wells House near Wexford to do a little drill and to show ourselves off to the management team there, which was a success as we have been asked to attend a couple of events planned later in the year. Then, with a downpour threatening, we gathered out on the Enniscorthy Road and waited for the parade to start hoping we could get somewhere near the bottom of the town before the heavens opened-up. Once again we receive good applause along the route but unfortunately we got a thorough soaking as the heavens did what they threatened earlier! This year we displayed our Vickers gun carrier for the first time, which had been restored by our own Brian Kenny. In previous years we have won first and second prizes for the 'Best Vintage Display' and hope to get some recognition this year as well, especially as there is a growing interest in the area about the Great War.
Culture Week at the Douglas Library - Cork
Saturday 23rd Mar: The IGWs joined members of the Munster Fusilier's Association and Western Front Association (Cork Branch) at this cultural history event. We set up our usual table top display containing artifacts and memorabilia from the Great War. Eugene Power, a member of all three groups, gave a talk on life in the trenches. Members Brian and Mary Kenny gave talks on the history of the Irish Great War Society and nursing in the First World War (respectively). Members were interviewed and photographed by the Cork Cultural Society.