As part of the Tipperary Reads Festival, Tom Burke MBE from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association will visit Thurles Library on Saturday, September 10 at 3pm. Tom will present a lecture on the role which the Royal Dublin Fusiliers played in the First World War with a particular emphasis on the individual stories of the soldiers themselves.
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers were an Irish Infantry regiment in the British Army. The 4th Battalion was temporarily based in Templemore for the purpose of servicing and training the new volunteer recruits before their final placement in the new service battalions headed for service in France or Gallipoli.
These soldiers fought in many of the bloodiest battles of the war including at Gallipoli, The Somme and Passchendaele. For many years these soldiers’ stories were not spoken about, now however Tom Burke and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association have made it their mission to ensure that these men are not forgotten.
Tom has written extensively on the subject and his talk will bring to life those Irish men who fought so bravely during the First World War. Everyone is welcome to come along to what is sure to be a fascinating and informative afternoon.