Three Irish brothers who died fighting for the Canadians in World War Two are to be commemorated in a special ceremony in Belgium today and plans are being drawn up to build a monument to them in their birthplace in Co Cork.
At a moment when the prospect of a renewed border on this island stirs old ghosts, Germany — and all of Europe — will, in the coming days, mark the 30th anniversary of the collapse of one of the continent’s most toxic icons, the Berlin Wall.
Teachers will, in time, have to explain to students why life was once so very different in Ireland on Good Friday. Those teachers, unless we risk Brexit-scale disruption and division, will also tell their pupils why the three Sheehan brothers, from Fermoy in Co. Cork, died fighting with Canadian troops in WWII and, hopefully, explain the structures we put in place after the war to try to ensure that we never have WWIII.
In the second part of his series on Irish neutrality,recounts how messages ‘received’ in a seance helped convince a US minister that de Valera wanted Germany to win the war, despite Ireland’s extraordinary co-operation with the Allies.
Like many children born during “the enormous upheaval of war”, as she put it herself, former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie was the by-product of a love affair, which led to her birth mother, Babe Dunnett, being forced to give her up for adoption.