Here is a review by Festival co-founder Simon Kingston in Standpoint. The book is a collection of essays about the experience of Southern Irish Protestants in the decades after independence, co-edited by Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne who will be joining us at the Festival in August.
6 June marked 75 years since D-Day. An interesting West Cork connection relates to this lady, Kay Summersby, who was born a MacCarthy-Morrogh at Inish Beg near Baltimore. She was driver, secretary & invaluable help to Dwight Eisenhower during his time as Supreme Commander overseeing the Allied landings in Normandy. There has been much speculation about the real nature of their relationship, but whether or not they had an affair, she provided him with much-needed emotional support during incredibly difficult times. At the end of the war he returned to the US, later becoming President, and they never saw each other again.
Our friends at the Roaringwater Journal wrote a nice piece on Inish Beg and Summersby here.
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