Sir, – How heartwarming to learn the letter (“Kidnap of Brig Gen Lucas: 100 years on”, June 18th) from Ruth Wheeler and the associated article by Ronan McCreevy, in regards to the kidnapping of Ms Wheeler’s grandfather by the IRA throughout the Struggle of Independence. It is usually gratifying to notice that Ms Wheeler is placing the documentation relating to the incident into the general public area, eschewing any revenue she might absolutely make from it.
That conflict was a grimy one with obscene acts of cruelty dedicated casually by each side. A few of these incidents had been undoubtedly what Queen Elizabeth was referring to in her Dublin Citadel handle when she alluded to issues which could have been finished “in a different way or in no way”.
The respect and humanity with which the brigadier normal was handled and his gracious acknowledgment of similar was an instance of the beacons of sunshine which may shine within the midst of even probably the most savage of conflicts (such because the Christmas Day soccer sport performed by troopers of each side throughout the first World Struggle).
Ms Wheeler’s story jogs my memory of a piece of fiction Company of the Nation by Frank O Connor which didn’t finish as fortunately, however I’m wondering if Mr O Connor drew inspiration from the occasion involving Ms Wheeler’s grandfather? – Yours, and so on,
SEAN O DONNELL,
Ardee, Co Louth.