True to Ireland : �Eire's 'conscientious objectors' in New Zealand in World War II / Peter Burke.Material type: BookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Cuba Press, 2019Description: 270 pages : illustrations (some colour), colour maps, portraits (some colour) ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780995110786; 0995110786.Subject(s): Conscientious objectors -- New Zealand -- World War, 1939-1945 | Conscientious objectors -- Ireland -- World War, 1939-1945 | Galway (Ireland) -- History -- 20th century | New Zealand -- History -- 20th century
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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 ire 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, amon de Valera, thus pioneering direct diplomatic relations between the two countries. Peter Burke's farther was one of 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 Communications 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.
Includes bibliographical references: (pages 255-260) and index.
"Irish men and women came to New Zealand in the 1930s to seek a better life, many carrying bitter memories of atrocities committed by the British. With WWII came the threat of conscription, but many Irish refused to betray their neutral homeland to fight for New Zealand and, by default, Britain. Peter Burke's father was one of the Sons of �Eire - men who risked imprisonment and deportation by standing up to the New Zealand Government and appealing the draft in a dramatic case that paved the way for others."--Back cover.
Foreword / Michael D. Higgins -- Introduction -- The road to war (1. Ireland's risings ; 2. A future in New Zealand ; 3. Calm before the war ; 4. The beginning of the battle with Britain ; 5. Paper war)
The action begins in earnest (6. Appeal day ; 7. The Troubles in Moycullen ; 8. Watching and waiting ; 9. THe unknown mates ; 10. Fight or feck off ; 11. The 155 to go ; 12. A secure future at last)
History made (13. Aylward's Irish obyssey ; 14. The Columbans and the family ; 15. The Fraser and de Valera connection ; 16. THe final meetings ; 17. Farewells)
Appendix of source materils -- True to �Eire: the song -- Key figures -- Glossary and abbreviations.