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William Cosgrove V.C

East Cork's greatest World War hero William Cosgrove was born at Aghada, Co Cork on October 1st 1888, the son of Michael and Mary Cosgrove. He had four brothers, Dan, Ned, David, Joseph and a sister Mary-Catherine. While they were still young their father emigrated to Australia, but later returned. In the meantime his wife moved with her children to a cottage in nearby Peafield, the children attended school at the National School, Ballinrostig. William began work at an early age as an Read more [...]

Bandon War Memorial

Bandon War Memorial, dedicated to the soldiers of Bandon and district who died during World War 1 & 2.  The committee's aim is to commemorate and endeavour to keep alive thenames and the tradition of those from the Bandon area who fought and those who died in the two World Conflicts. It is to promote a wider awareness of the forgotten Irish men and women who served, fought and died in the Great War 1914-1918. We believe that a better understanding of the shared heritage Read more [...]

Michael O’Leary, V.C

Michael O’Leary, V.C Go>to>Source:   Michael O’leary was born at the Gearagh, between Macroom and Inchigeela in 1890. Having spent some time in the Canadian Mountain Police he joined the Irish Guards at the start of the Great Way in 1914. It was at Cuinchy, on February 1st 1915 that Lance-Corporal O'Leary, orderly to Lieutenant Innes, won his V.C. On the evening of Friday February 19th 1915 the London Evening newspapers Read more [...]

I Wish I Was In Pana

I Wish I Was In Pana A Cork War Song Lyrics/Music by Richard T. Cooke © 2010 All Rights Reserved   Dear Brian, The following are the lyrics to the song 'I Wish I Was in Pana - A Cork War Song' that I have specially written and composed for your prestigious international Recital [in UCC on November 11th 2010] Richard.     Off to war I go leaving auld Cork City, With three of me pals, Johnny, Tommy and Jackie; All signed up to go to help Read more [...]