Recently over one hundred people piled in to the Annex of Damer house to hear the stories of the people from Roscrea who fought and died in world war one while on Saturday many people arrived with their bags with medals, papers and photographs to find out more with the help of our expert Michael Ward who also put on a display of weapons and artefacts. The exhibition which was hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society was organised by Joe Coughlan who runs the site www.roscreathroughtheages.org which is sponsored by Roscrea Credit Union along with the help of Dick Conroy and Martin Matthews.
Adrian Hewson one of many speakers on the night
The speakers included Eamon Horan who gave a great insight into what Roscrea was like during the period 1914 /18 through newspaper articles and the census of the time. Martin Matthews told the story of his two grand uncles and went on to show how nearly every house in Grove St and Bunkers Hill had someone who went to fight. Then Joe Coughlan told of how those who survived were treated when they came home through the stories of two soldiers Sergeant Michael Fletcher and Private Ned Walsh. Adrian Hewson lightened the evening when he told an amusing story about a hand grenade he found as a boy and went on to tell some of the stories of people from the Church of Ireland who fought and finished up with reading from the newspaper from the last day of the war.
The Credit Union help inspire unforgettable world war 1 commemoration day last September and were well represented on the night
Michael McEvoy, Brian king, Sean ( Bull) Hogan, Noel O Meara
In the second half of the night Brian Kennedy from Birr Historical Society enthralled people with the history of the Leinster Regiment and how so many people from Roscrea enlisted there while Theresa Ryan Feehan gave a very passionate talk on the history of the song Its A Long Way to Tipperary and lightened the mood again when she got the audience to sing the song. The last item on the night was the playing of a fascinating audio interview with Victoria Cross winner Jack Moyney who spent most of his life in Roscrea and on the night his Great Grand Daughter was there to hear his voice for the first time.
Eamon Horan, Brien Kennedy,Adrian Hewson, Dick Conroy, Michael Ward, Martin Matthews, Tresa Ryan Feehan, Joe Coughlan .
On Saturday morning a large number of people arrived with their treasured pieces which had belong to their relatives to be advised by Michael Ward on what they have and on how to find out more . Over Friday and Saturday the local flying club put on a display of WW1 aeroplanes which they had built themselves and really impressed people especially the younger generation.
Joe Coughlan assures us that most of the documents and photos on display will be on his website over the next few weeks.