Phil will be in the Cadence Cafe, Tyldesley, Manchester 10am to 4pm for a book launch and signing of 'Twice a Hero' also looking at a possible signing session in the Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone on the 25th April, will keep you posted.
Anyone interested in further information on the Irish War of Independence should go to firstname.lastname@example.org website. There they will find up to date information, books, clothing and equipment as used in the fight for Irish Freedom. For people in the Republic there are regular exhibitions around the country where they can view authentic weapons, uniforms and equipment etc. from that era. Visitors to Ireland can check the website for details of future exhibitions which they can fit their holiday schedule.
While I was in Ireland at the weekend I picked up a newspaper which reported on the ongoing controversy of the outspoken Irish International footballer James McCleans refusal to join his team-mates in wearing the Poppy to commemorate fallen British soldiers It would appear that he doesn't know, or ignores the fact that upward of 300,000 Irishmen volunteered to fight in both the Great War and WW2. That 24,000 Irish Volunteers fought in the Great War, at the behest of John Redmond, on the understanding that Home Rule for Ireland would be granted at war's end. The Irish National War Memorial at Island Bridge pays tribute to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War alone.
On the 18th May 2011 The Queen Elizaberth of England and The President of Ireland Mary McAleese laid wreaths of poppies at the Great Cross of Sacrifice in honour of of our Irish heroes.
If I knew young McCleans address I would send him a copy of 'Twice a Hero' to enlighten his mind. But sure there's no pleasing everybody.