Brian Hanratty shows Prince William the map used by his father Alphie at the 1917 Battle of the Messines Ridge on the occasion of the centenary commemorations at Messines in June 2017.
The Dunleer and District Historical Society are hosting a special National Heritage Week lecture this Thursday, August 22, to commemorate Dr. Patrick Alphonsus (Alphie) Hanratty who ministered as the local Dispensary Doctor in Dunleer and environs during the 1950s.
Before qualifying as a doctor with distinction in the 1920’s, Dr. Hanratty – a native of Collon - served on the Western Front as a young officer with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles and later, the 29th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps during World War 1.
His son, Brian will deliver the lecture covering the many facets of Dr. Hanratty’s life and it will be of special interest to people in the mid-Louth area, as well as those interested in the history of World War 1.
“I hope that among the audience will be older members of the community in Dunleer and outlying areas who remember my late father and can contribute some recollections of him,” said Brian.
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Dr. Hanratty, who died aged 63 in 1958, is survived by his son Brian (Bettystown) and daughter Margaret (Ardee) and their families. His late wife Maureen (nee Meade) was a native of Slane, where Dr.Hanratty was based in the 1940s.
The lecture takes place at St. Brigid’s Hall, Dunleer on this Thursday evening, August 22, commencing at 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Refreshments will be served afterwards.