Ronan McGreevy – ‘Great Hatred: The Assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP’
A lecture based on the best-selling book
Ronan McGreevy will give a lecture based on his best-selling book, ‘Great Hatred..’ (currently one of Ireland’s top 10 book-sellers). A gripping investigation into one of Irish history’s greatest mysteries. McGreevy’s reveals the true story behind one of the most significant political assassinations to ever have been committed on British soil.
On 22 June 1922, Sir Henry Wilson – the former head of the British army and one of those credited with winning the First World War – was shot and killed by two veterans of that war turned IRA members in what was the most significant political murder to have taken place on British soil for more than a century. His assassins were well-educated and pious men. One had lost a leg during the Battle of Passchendaele. Shocking British society to the core, the shooting caused consternation in the government and almost restarted the conflict between Britain and Ireland that had ended with the Anglo-Irish Treaty just five months earlier. Wilson’s assassination triggered the Irish Civil War, which cast the darkest of shadows over the new Irish State.
Who ordered the killing? Why did two English-born Irish nationalists kill an Irish-born British imperialist?
This will be a rare chance to hear a gripping lecture on one of Irish history’s greatest mysteries.
Ronan McCreevy will do a book signing following his Lecture.
Doors: 7.00pm; Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 each OR £20 for the Series of Lectures