The Western Front Association was established in 1980 with the objective of furthering interest in the Great War of 1914-18, and its current president is the noted military historian Correlli Barnett. The association is strictly non-political and its focus is on education, research and remembrance, with an emphasis on the campaign conducted on the Western Front. Since 1980 the association has grown considerably and it currently has over 6,000 members worldwide.
An information meeting aimed at establishing a Cork branch of the association will be held upstairs in the Rob Roy public house at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 April 2011.
Anyone with an interest in this conflict and its impact on Ireland or in military history, are welcome to attend.
If you wish to find out more about the WFA you can do so by checking the association website at: www.westernfrontassociation.com
Christy Parker talks to a Youghal writer whose debut novel is set to rules the waves.
The writing talents of Youghal man John Stack are poised for global recognition as his debut novel hits the shelves this month. Top publishers Harper Collins won the rights to his book, Ship of Rome, and have commissioned a further two novels to form a trilogy called Masters of the Sea. The series, “a historical fiction” is set in the Punic wars waged between the emerging Roman navy and the Carthaginian Empire from 264-201 BC.
John, 36, is the son of Gerry and Kitty Stack, Kilcoran Park and lives near Rochestown with wife Adrienne, daughter Zoe, seven and two year-old twins Amy and Andrew. His commission carries a six-figure sum over four years.
It would be entirely apt if John’s books proved ‘moving’ -as he writes from the passenger seat of his green Opel Zafira! He struggled with domestic distraction when embarking on Ship of Rome in March 2007 and achieved a semblance of a solution by using a friend’s house. One day, on forgetting his key, he drove to a nearby car-park overlooking Cork harbour and started up his laptop. There, doors locked, he found “perfect privacy.” Furthermore, he had “the option of a Read more