Newbridge Library hosting launch of Irish Military Seminar tonight

Free talk on Irish involvement in D- Day

Louise McCarthy

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Newbridge Library

Tonight at Newbridge Library anyone interested in D- Day and the Irish involvement can attend a free event at Newbridge Library.

The launch of the Irish Military Seminar is kicking off at 7pm. This event will include a special talk titled "A Blood Dawn: The Irish At D-Day" by author Dan Harvey who recently published a new book on the subject.

The Allied invasion of German occupied Normandy on D Day, June 6, 1944, is extensively chronicled.

The largest seaborne invasion in history,  began the liberation of Germany occupied France, and later Europe, from Nazi control, laying the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Mr Harvey's book focuses on the thousands of Irish and members of the Irish diaspora among the Allied units who landed on the Normandy beaches.

 According to Mr Harvey, their vital participation has been overlooked abroad and even more so in Ireland.

There were Irish among the American, British and Canadian airborne and glider-borne infantry landings; Irishmen were on the beaches from dawn, in and amongst the first and subsequent assault waves to hit the beaches; in the skies above in bombers and fighter aircraft; and on naval vessels all along the Normandy coastline. They were also prominent among the D-Day planners and commanders.

This Irish contribution to the most extraordinary military operation ever attempted in the history of warfare is at last told for the first time in A Bloody Dawn: The Irish at D-Day.

Telephone Newbridge Library on  045448353 or email newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie