• True to Ireland

    True to Ireland
    Unity Wellington Stock : 7
    ISBN: 9780995110786
    Title: True to Ireland
    Author: BURKE PETER

    In the 1930s a number of Irishmen came to
    New Zealand to seek a better life, with many carrying
    bitter memories of the atrocities committed by the Black
    and Tans and the British during WWI and the early 1920s.
    With the onset of WWII came the threat of conscription
    into the armed forces. As citizens of a neutral country,
    many Irishmen refused to betray their homeland to fight
    for New Zealand and, by default, Britain. They formed
    the Éire National Association (ENA) to represent them in
    their battle against conscription, which not only opened
    discussions with the New Zealand government under
    Peter Fraser but also with the Irish prime minister, Éamon
    de Valera, thus pioneering direct diplomatic relations
    between the two countries. Peter Burke’s father was one
    the group of immigrant Irishmen, and he documents the
    ENA’s struggles with officials and politicians and how 155
    Irishmen, including his father, faced deportation back to
    Ireland in the middle of WWII.

    Peter Burke was born in
    Wellington and is an old boy
    of St Patrick’s College. He has
    worked for more than 50 years
    as a journalist in television,
    radio, print and public relations.
    He travelled widely overseas
    covering political and trade talks
    in Europe, Asia, North America
    and the Pacific, eventually
    specialising in agricultural journalism. Peter is a life
    member of the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and
    the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand.
    He’s a keen (rather than good) golfer, loves Celtic and
    classical music and lives on a small farm south of Levin.
    Regarding Ireland as his second home, Peter frequently
    spends time in the Emerald Isle, and his visits have led
    him to develop a love of Irish and family history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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