Treaty of Versailles 100 years ago

On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Here is a short film to mark that centenary, made by Ronan McGreevy of the Irish Times, along with Professor Alan Kramer, Professor Margaret MacMillan and Dr John Gibney. Ronan spoke at last year’s West Cork History Festival when he screened his brilliant film United Ireland: how Nationalists and Unionists fought together in Flanders.

[Interesting aside: MacMillan is the great-grand-daughter of David Lloyd-George, British Prime Minister in the final years of the First World War, and during the negotiations at Versailles.]




West Cork connections to D-Day

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.