Archive for June 2009

The Somme – 93 years on

Jun 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Ireland

Ian Poulton is in Shyogwe Diocese in Rwanda.  This post was written before he left.

Tomorrow morning at 7.30 am it is the 93rd anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.  Three men from our tiny Church of Ireland community in Ballybrack died on that first hideous day of slaughter: Percy Horner and brothers Michael and David Goodwin.

At the time of the 90th anniversary, when the Irish government for the first time held public ceremonies to remember the Fallen of the Great War, there were attempts …