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St Mary’s Lecture Commemorates Irish Involvement in WWI

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St Mary’s Lecture Commemorates Irish Involvement in WWI

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The Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham is holding its annual lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Irish involvement in the First World War on Monday 13th October at Portcullis House, House of Commons in Westminster. Hosted by Chris Ruane MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Irish in Britain), the lecture, ‘The Recording Angel: Irish Parliamentarians Killed in the First World War’, will be delivered by St Mary’s MA Irish Studies Programme Director Dr Ivan Gibbons. During the talk, which is free and open to members of the public, Dr Gibbons will highlight the sacrifice of Irish MPs and Peers, and their sons as commemorated on the Recording Angel war memorial in Westminster Hall. Dr Gibbons said, “Given the subsequent history of Ireland, the sacrifice of Irish parliamentarians, both nationalist and unionist in the cause of the British war effort is often overlooked as are the many reasons why they enlisted. “The lecture is an opportunity to publicise this sacrifice throughout highlighting the stories of the individual parliamentarians involved.” The public lecture will begin at 7pm on Monday 13th October. It is free and open to all although for security reasons and catering purposes RSVPs are required in advance. For baggage checks, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the advertised start time. For more information and to book your place please email samantha.walcot@stmarys.ac.uk by Monday 6th October.
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