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  • Tuesday 5 April, 2016 Back to All Events

    NEW DATE-Jack Kyle Memorial Lecture Luncheon, with BBC NI’s Political Correspondent, Stephen Walker


    Introduced by Past President Jim Neilly, Stephen Walker, a writer and broadcaster, will talk about his latest book;

    Ireland’s Call: Irish Sporting Heroes who fell in the Great War.

    Members and guests sit down for lunch at 1pm followed at approximately 2.10pm, by Stephen Walker.


    • Roast Celeriac Soup with fresh crusty Bread
    • Venison Cottage Pie with roasted Root Vegetables
    • Freshly ground & brewed Coffee

    Further Information

    click here for video preview of Ireland’s Call

    The book tells the story of forty Irish sportsmen who died fighting in the Great War. They were the heroes of their day, and entertained crowds in places like Lansdowne Road, Croke Park, and Dalymount Park, as well as in events like the Open Championship and the London Olympics. As soldiers they saw action in the horror of the Western Front and in the carnage of Mesopotamia.

    Ireland’s Call includes the stories of history-makers like Bohemians striker Harry Sloan, who was the first player to score a goal at Dalymount Park, and teenage rugby player George McAllan, the first schoolboy to be selected for Ireland. He lost his life in 1918, in the same year that golfer Michael Moran died in France. Moran was the finest Irish golfer of his generation, and the first Irishman to win prize money at the Open Championship.

    All those chronicled in Ireland’s Call are Irish internationals, with the exception of the three GAA players who include two All-Ireland Finalists. Spanning seven sporting disciplines, all those featured fought in the major theatres of the Great War, and today their names are remembered on memorials across Europe and Asia, in the Middle East and South Africa.

    Stephen Walker is Political Correspondent with BBC Northern Ireland. He is the author of Forgotten Soldiers and Hide and Seek.

    £25.50 per person

    ‘By ticket only’

    A ballot will be run with the funds raised donated the Neri Clinic, Zambia of which Jack Kyle was its Patron.Jack Kyle was one of Ireland’s greatest ever rugby players.

    Born in Belfast in 1926 he made his international debut against France in January 1947 and went on to win 46 caps for Ireland and six for the British Lions. He died in November 2014 and to mark the 1st anniversary of his death, BBC Correspondent, Stephen Walker will deliver the Jack Kyle Memorial Lecture.