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The Coast Watchers

7pm Somme Museum

Dr Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy, will give a presentation about the Marine and Coast Watching Service, a special branch of the Irish Defence Forces that kept an invasion watch along neutral Ireland coastline during WW2. Reports from the Coast Watchers provided valuable intelligence information to the Irish Defence Forces, information which was in turn traded with the Allies as neutral Ireland recast the parameters of its neutrality to meet the needs of the war. This talk will look at the Coast Watching Service LOP network and the soldiers who manned LOPs, the war they saw from Ireland’s coastline and the contemporary and historical importance of this specialist branch of the Defence Forces which was born out the urgent wartime need to defend Ireland's coastline.

Cost: £5.00 (including refreshments)

Contact: Booking is essential via: sommeassociation@btconnect.com or: 028 9182 3202 Telephone Number: N/a