The Galwegians who fought against Hitler

Some 42,000 Irishmen fought for the Allies and against the Nazis in WWII - including a number of Galwaymen - and their stories are contained in a new book.

Dark Times, Decent Men – Stories of Irishmen in World War II by Neil Richardson and published by The O’Brien Press, will be launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop this evening at 6pm. The author will attend and sign copies of the book.

Dark Times, Decent Men contains information on those Galwegians who fought in WWII, such as Loughrea’s Raymond Wall, who qualified as a flight mechanic; William Holohan, who served in Renmore Barracks but left the Defence Forces to go to England with his girlfriend Peg. He later joined the Royal Engineers, served as a bodyguard to Abdullah bin al-Hussein who later became King Abdullah I of Jordan, and after the war returned to Ireland with Peg to live in the Claddagh.

The book also discusses the SS Athenia, survivors were brought to Galway soon after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

All are welcome to the launch.

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