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We Will Remember Them

You probably know that many Irishmen marched to war during World War I singing It’s a long way to Tipperary but do you know the song’s connection to County Mayo?

Or what about that famous collection of war poetry Flower of Youth – do you know how it’s linked to Claremorris?  While you’re at it, can you name any Irish First World War poets?

To learn the answers to these questions, listen in to We Will Remember Them, Claremorris Community Radio’s tribute to the over 200,000 Irishmen who fought in the First World War and to many other Irish men and women who served in different ways, such as by becoming medical orderlies or nurses. In particular, the programme remembers those who died, around 50,000 of them, and those who lived on but suffered pain and torment.

Presented by Mike Byrne and Anni Wilton-Jones, the programme will include poems by First World War poets, especially Irish ones, and tells you some background details about each poet. At the end of the two-hour-special you will then hear a selection of well-known First World War songs.

It will be broadcast on the Centenary of Armistice Day, the day the war ended. That’s Sunday, the 11th of November, at 5pm, with a repeat being broadcast on Tuesday, 13th November, at 4pm.  The programme will also be released as a podcast after it is broadcast.

The Royal Blues

The Royal Blues were the first act from the West of Ireland to top the Irish charts.  They achieved this feat in 1966 with their hit Old Man Trouble.  

The group was formed in 1962 with Doc Carroll, Ballinrobe, on vocals and Claremorris’s Gill brothers, Frank and Vincent, on saxophone and trombone respectively.  Another Mayo man, Andy Creighton, managed the band.

Over the past year, Claremorris Community Radio members have been interviewing the surviving band members, former fans of the group and Marie Creighton, to build a picture of the excitement of those years, when this local group was one of Ireland’s biggest acts.

This special documentary will be broadcast on Sunday next at 5pm.  It will be repeated on Monday (29th) at 8pm and also on Wednesday (31st) at 7pm.

Update: You can now listen to this show on our Mixcloud stream: