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Lecture on the Men of the Connaught Rangers
Posted by Kinsale Advertiser on Friday 18 August 2023

On Sunday next, August 20th, at 2 pm in the Abbey Graveyard, Chairperson of Kinsale Cultural and Heritage Society, JJ Hurley, will deliver a lecture on the men of the Connaught Rangers buried at the Graveyard and remembered on a memorial at the site. Organised as part of Heritage Week, JJ said, 'These men's story has largely been forgotten by time and history. We forget the hub Kinsale was during the Great War, with the Rangers transferred from their home in Renmore, Galway, in August 1914; Kinsale had over 1,500 soldiers in the town.' A training battalion, the 3rd Batt saw many of its soldiers witness the great battles of WW1. However, the names on the Kinsale memorial did not die on some foreign field but in Kinsale. Now JJ will bring their stories to life, including the young drummer boy, who drowned in a bath due to epilepsy, a lance corporal killed in the explosion of a new prototype hand grenade or the exhaustion of one old contemptible, who had helped stop the Kaiser's men on the Western Front in 1914. The event is in association with National Heritage Week.