Willie Brazil – From Great Western Square to the Western Front

Above : A young William Brazil in his Royal Artillery uniform Name of soldier : Willie Brazil Name of descendent : Enda Carr Teacher Enda Carr lives on Monck Place, Phibsborough, north Dublin. This is just beside Great Western Square where his grand uncle William Brazil, a veteran of the Somme, lived until well intoContinue reading “Willie Brazil – From Great Western Square to the Western Front”

Patrick Flynn – The East Wall Sapper who tunneled under the Germans

Pictured above : Royal Engineers, posing for a photograph, 1915. Name of soldier : Patrick Flynn Name of descendent : Philip Flynn Philip Flynn lives in Cabra and runs a barbers at Hart’s Corner in Glasnevin, with his father. Hart’s Corner is at the end of the Finglas Road, just before Glasnevin cemetery. Philip isContinue reading “Patrick Flynn – The East Wall Sapper who tunneled under the Germans”

John Hussey – From Sneem, County Kerry to Guillemont at the Somme

Above : Vincent Casey with Eamon Delaney, holding the medals of Private John Hussey. Name of soldier : John Hussey Name of descendent : Vincent Casey Vincent Casey lives in a beautiful and dramatic landscape : near Sneem on the scenic Ring of Kerry. On one side, are the green mountains and, on the other,Continue reading “John Hussey – From Sneem, County Kerry to Guillemont at the Somme”

George Morris – Leading the troops at the Mons Retreat

Redmond Morris is an acclaimed and successful Irish film maker with a long career of producing well known titles. These include The Wind that Shook the Barley, The Reader and most recently The Dig. Redmond also comes from a distinquished aristocratic family in the West of Ireland and holds the title Lord Killanin. The familyContinue reading “George Morris – Leading the troops at the Mons Retreat”

Larry Cassidy – Railway man who went to Belgium with ‘the Buffs’

Name of soldier : Larry Cassidy Name of descendent : Tommy Cassidy Tommy Cassidy lives on Great Western Villas, off Great Western Square in Phibsborough on Dublin’s northside. Both Square and Villas were built to house railway workers but also military veterans and, after 1918, there was often an overlap. Larry Cassidy was both. Already,Continue reading “Larry Cassidy – Railway man who went to Belgium with ‘the Buffs’”

Dubliner Edward Gerrard – Fought in Gallipoli and Gaza, wounded in the 1916 Rising

Name of soldier : Edward Gerrard Name of descendent : Ailbhe Gerrard Ailbhe Gerrard is the creator of Brookfield Farm, which produces honey and beeswax candles near beautiful Lough Derg, in Tipperary. More here :Brookfield Farm – Producer of Raw Irish Honey & Beeswax Gifts https://www.brookfield.farm/ Ailbhe comes from a large and talented family, includingContinue reading “Dubliner Edward Gerrard – Fought in Gallipoli and Gaza, wounded in the 1916 Rising”

An East Wall docker and a Dorset Street plumber who joined the War

Name of soldier : William O Brien Name of descendent : Bernard Edwards Bernard Matthews and his partner Pat, pictured below, are based in Phibsborough, off the North Circular Road. They live in a charming small pocket called Cherrymount close, so named because of its profusion of cherry trees in the Spring and Summer. OnContinue reading “An East Wall docker and a Dorset Street plumber who joined the War”

William Byrne – A Corkman who was gassed twice, but lived

Name of soldier : William Byrne Descendent : Liam Byrne In 2013, Phibsborough resident Liam Byrne died tragically in an accident on his beloved Inishbofin Island, off the Galway coast. The small island was, and still is, a family holiday destination and bolthole, and the original homeland of the family of his wife Carmel. LiamContinue reading “William Byrne – A Corkman who was gassed twice, but lived”

Michael Scully – From the Liberties to the Somme

Name of soldier : Michael Scully Descendent : John McDonnell John McDonnell must have been the happiest street cleaner in North Dublin before he stepped down from Dublin City Council in 2017. He was a regular sight to be seen around Phibsborough crossroads in the morning pushing his dust cart and lifting people’s spirits withContinue reading “Michael Scully – From the Liberties to the Somme”

Aidan Byrne – From North Circular Road to the North African campaign

Soldier’s name : Aidan Asquith Byrne Descendent : Frank Keane Aidan Byrne was living on Dublin’s North Circular Road (NCR) when he joined the Second World War as a doctor with the Royal Medical Army Corps. He worked with the field ambulance in North Africa for which he was awarded the Military Cross, and laterContinue reading “Aidan Byrne – From North Circular Road to the North African campaign”