D-Day 75th Anniversary Talks at HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline will be hosting a series of lectures to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The event which will take place in the Dockside Museum on Wednesday 5th June will feature two distinguished speakers, Ian Wilson, chairman of the NI War Memorial and Lieutenant Colonel Dan Harvey, who served with the Irish Defence Force at home and abroad.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to step on board HMS Caroline and explore the ship which was in service during the First and Second World Wars.

The first lecture by Ian Wilson will focus on the role of Belfast in the D-Day preparations. This 45 minute talk deals with not only with the armada of allied vessels and the thousands of men who served on board them, but also the experiences of local shore based personnel such as the WRNS, it will draw on interviews, often poignant, with those who remember these momentous times.

Following this, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Harvey will be speaking about his new book ‘A Bloody Dawn – The Irish at D-Day.’ He will discuss the role of Irish sailors at D-Day who are often forgotten about, this includes the thousands of Irish Born and members of the Irish Diaspora who served among the UK, US and Canadian units. There will also be a chance to purchase a copy of Dan’s book.

The event will begin with a drinks reception at 7.15pm with the first lecture beginning soon after, although attendees are very welcome to arrive at 6pm for a self-guided tour of HMS Caroline. Visitors can explore this historic ship and visit an array of recreated historic spaces and interactive exhibits.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here and are £5 per adult and £3 per concession.

*Image courtesy of PRONI (CAB/3/G/1)

HMS Caroline 1916