Brothers in Arms – Commemorating Killala’s Heroic World War One Fallen Soldiers
This November, the world commemorates 100 years since Armistice Day, officially marking the end of World War One. It was a war like no other, with its effects felt at the farthest reaches of the globe. Here in Ireland, it is only in recent years that the full effects of the Great War and its impact on the fledgling Irish nation have begun to be realised. Historian Tom Burnell’s 15 year quest to correct the casualty records of Ireland’s Memorial Records lists almost 30,000 Irishmen killed in the War, many of whom joined up in British, US or other overseas regiments and are only recently recorded as Irish casualties.
Remembering Killala’s WW1 Casualties
Mr Yeats’ Visit to Killala will this year commemorate the brave men of Killala who fought and lost their lives in World War One. Their incredible stories tell a tale of emigration, of adventure, of economic need and ultimately, of bravery. Notably, we remember Privates John and Michael McHale of Killala, who enlisted together in Ballina and fought together with the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers, losing their lives at French and Flanders in 1917.
This year’s event will share more details of their lives, their experiences on the battlefields and the memories of their families and those they left behind, told in music, poetry and drama. Join us on 10 November at 8pm in Killala Community Centre when Mr Yeats – inspired by his poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees his Death’ will take you back in time to the Great War as we remember and commemorate Killala’s brave fallen soldiers.
Tickets are available at Killala Community Centre, Ballina Tourist Office and here (Adults €10, Over 5s €5).