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An Irish Airman

Week VI

‘Oh what a happy world it might be with you back and the war at an end’

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Week V

Robert Gregory’s ‘happiest days of his life’

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Week IV

Why did Robert Gregory reach for the sky?

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On February 2 1918, a day after she heard that her only son had died while flying with his squadron on the Italian front, Lady Gregory wrote briefly to WB Yeats: ‘The long dreaded telegram has come - Robert has been killed in action ….it is very hard to bear.’

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DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard to hold major November auction

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With winter just around the corner, the auction team in DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard are busy putting together the finishing touches to the last of the company's 2017 autumn auction series. The November 23 auction sees more than 20 lots come to the market with the usual mix of properties, with something to suit all types of buyer. The Galway city based auction experts have already reported a very busy opening weekend with a large turnout at their open viewings.

‘The Irish Republic is to them, a dream no longer’

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Week II

Éamon de Valera enters the Irish political stage

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On June 7 1917 Major Willie Redmond, MP for East Clare, was killed in action leading the Royal Irish Brigade to victory at the Battle of Messines Ridge at Ypres. A member of the Irish Parliamentary Party (his brother John was party leader), he had represented East Clare at Westminster for 25 years. At 53 years of age Redmond was too old to be a soldier. But he was convinced that an Ireland loyal to the Crown would succeed in achieving Home Rule, and so he joined the Irish troops at Flanders.

Under the wild sky

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Week III

A letter sent to GA Hayes-McCoy

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One hundred years ago there were a series of truly terrible battles on the Western Front which were watched anxiously in Ireland as elsewhere. On June 7, near the Belgian village of Messines, the Allied army won a substantial victory. It gave hope, which turned out to be tragically false, that perhaps this was the beginning of the end of the war. With the capture of the Messines ridge, the Allies were confident they could clear a path all the way down to Passchendaele, and capture the Belgian coast up the Dutch border.

 

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