8 Adams Street
Adams Academy Bldg.
Quincy, MA 02169
“BROTHERS IN ARMS: THE IRISH EXPERIENCE IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918”
THOMAS O’GRADY, DIRECTOR OF IRISH STUDIES, UMASS BOSTON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7:00 PM, ADAMS ACADEMY
As we mark this year the centennial of the Easter Rising in Dublin that began Ireland’s struggle against British rule that led, ultimately, to the Republic of Ireland and the centennial of the mid-point of the First World War, our program will explore the complexities of the Irish wartime experience through the perspective of one family.
At least 200,000 Irishmen fought in World War I, the vast majority of them in units of the British military. Thomas O’Grady will share his reconstruction of the experiences of his paternal grandfather, Pvt. William O’Grady of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, and his grandfather’s two brothers, Pvt. Peter O’Grady of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Pvt. Patrick O’Grady of the Leinster Regiment, during the Great War of 1914-18. His research, which includes tracing (literally) his grandfather’s bootsteps across the Western Front, reveals the difficulty of describing “the Irish experience” in any one definitive narrative.
Thomas O’Grady has been Director of Irish Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1984. He writes widely on Irish matters—literary, historical, and cultural. Please join us for what promises to be a distinctive and deeply interesting program. There is no fee for admission.
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Best known as the home of John and Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams, Quincy has made significant contributions to American life in every era of our history.
Quincy: Of Stone, Of Ships, Of Minds, our permanent exhibit, tells the story of the Adams family, and it also tells the rest of the story.