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    Talk: The Irish at Waterloo, Sunday 21st June 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

    National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts & History

    Collins Barracks, Benburb Street

    Dublin 7, Ireland

    The Irish at Waterloo
    Two hundred years ago, in June 1815, the Meath-born Duke of Wellington commanded an army at Waterloo, about one third of whom were reputed to be Irish-born. Join military historian Dan Harvey, a serving Lieutenant- Colonel in the Irish Defence Forces, on the significance of this Irish involvement in Wellington's army.
    No booking required,places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before talk starts.
    "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.