From Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War
Wednesday 31 May, 7pm
All welcome, no booking required
Against the moving story of the lead up to the Battle of Wijtschate-Messines Ridge, in June 1917, discover 2nd Lieutenant Michael Wall through the letters he wrote home to his mother in Carrick Hill. Lieutenant Wall's story is interwoven with poetry and music in this special evening event.
This event is based Tom Burke’s forthcoming book ‘Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War’ available from Mercier Press, Cork.
The book is structured around a collection of letters written by a nineteen year old Irish officer in the 6th Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Lieutenant Michael Wall from Carrick Hill, near Malahide/Partmarnock in north Co. Dublin. Michael was educated by the Christian Brothers in Dublin and destined to study science at UCD before being seduced by the illusion of adventure through war. Setting the letters within the entrenched battle zone of the Messines Ridge, they offer a unique insight into the trench life this young Irish man experienced, his disillusionment with war and his desire to get home.
The event will include readings of the letters from Michael to his mother and from his mother to Michael interwoven with music and poetry.
Tom Burke, founding member of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association and also a member of the committee behind the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines opened in 1998. In August 2004, Tom was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process He has contributed to several publications on Ireland and the First World War. He was a consultant on several television and radio documentaries on Ireland’s participation in the First World War presented by RTE, BBC (NI) and UTV. He is a member of the WW1 advisory committee to the National Library and National Museum of Ireland and has an M.Litt. degree in military history from University College Dublin.