World War 1 Roadshow
On Saturday, March 7, from 11 am to 5 pm the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association, in conjunction with the Irish Great War Society and the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will bring their renowned World War 1 Roadshow to the Fermoy Community Youth Centre.
The day-long event will feature the largest collection of militaria in Ireland presented by Tom O’Neill and Marie McCarthy will address the contribution of Irish nurses to the war effort and is an authority on the Battle of Jutland. The military historian and author Gerry White will deliver a lecture on Cork soldiers and Victoria Cross heroes.
Fermoy has had a rich military history spanning more than two centuries. By the 1830’s, it was home to the largest military establishment in the country. During World War 1, 14,000 troops were stationed in camps in the town and beyond at Kilworth.
Of those soldiers associated with the Barracks during World War 1, more than 216 died in the war and so many more returned to the area with physical wounds and mental trauma. Everyone in Fermoy and the local districts was affected by the war; everybody knew someone who suffered directly in it.
Throughout the day and on site, the team will conduct research into military service records: anyone who wishes to search for a relative who fought in the war will have access to their expertise and their findings. If you’re interested in finding out about your ancestors who fought in the Great War, please bring as much information as possible with you to assist the research process.
Fermoy’s War event takes place on March 7, Saturday, 11am – 5pm at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre. For more information, please contact Kieran Barry at (025) 32042.