Balbriggan Historical Society TalkApril 28, 2016 ADMIN 0
Rory McKenna, long time member of Balbriggan & District Historical Society and local expert on Maritime History gave a talk on Nicholas Rath in the Town Hall Balbriggan on Wednesday 27th April. This fascinating talk told the story of this Balbriggan native and his experiences in World War One including the rescue performed by him, when a seaplane collided with a mast and got wedged there, and he climbed up several hundred feet to rescue the pilot. which led to him being awarded the Albert Medal in 1917. Among the captive audience and adding to the story with their personal mementos were descendants of Nicholas Rath, including his grand daughters and great grandson.
Speaking at the talk Jim Walsh, Chairman of Balbriggan & District Historical Society said ” I would like to thank Rory for his excellent talk and we are delighted to welcome the members of the extended Rath family here tonight.
Don’t forget our Commemorative Seminar “Éirí amach na Cásca 1916 – Is cuimhin linn” will take place on Saturday 7th May 2016 in the Town Hall Balbriggan. We promise a great day with 5 very different talks on local and national themes, and we look forward to seeing you there.”
For full details of the programme on 7th May click here