Next Tuesday evening, January 17 at 8pm, South Tipperary Military History Society hold their first of what they hope will be many meetings in IUNVA House Railway Station Clonmel when Chairperson Kay Neagle will entertain with her lecture titled “The 16th Irish Division in Ginchy 1916”.
Given the current campaign the society has underway to ensure the survival in Clonmel of the Monuments in Kickham Barracks, this lecture will be very appropriate as the 16th Irish Division included many men from Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford, many of whom at some stage were stationed in Kickham Barracks (or Victoria Barracks as it was then known).
The battles for Ginchy and Guillemont included 6th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment as part of 47th Brigade 16th Division and this Battalion had its Recruiting Post in Clonmel, thence many of the men who served were from Clonmel and surrounding areas and indeed it is likely that many people from this area have relatives who died while serving at the front in Ginchy.
Anyone interested in knowing more about what those local men went through really do not want to miss this lecture which has a particular relevance for all of South Tipperary.
The society has been in touch with all local representatives, heritage bodies etc and await their replies regarding what will be done to safeguard monuments in Kickham Barracks and invite all our local councillors, TDs and Mayor to attend the lecture on January 17 where hopefully they will be in a position to inform of their intentions.
As part of the campaign the society has created an Information Booklet giving details of the monuments and contact details for all local representatives so anyone interested can lobby them.
This information booklet can be downloaded from the website stmhs.ie
The Programme of Events for this Spring/Summer 2012 has been finalised and is available to download from the website, also posters have been placed in libraries, post offices and museums throughout South Tipperary.
This year’s lecture series has something for everyone and is well worth supporting.
Membership is €25 per year and €2 per lecture for Members, €5 for Visitors.