Michael J Whelan’s collection Peacekeeper draws on his experience as an Irish soldier serving with the UN in Lebanon and Kosovo
Thu, Dec 8, 2016, 12:45
My hope on this centenary of 1916 is that the poems in my collection Peacekeeper bring a new and enlightening perspective on the Irish peacekeeping experience to the Irish people, to the families of Irish peacekeepers who have served abroad on these missions for the last six decades and to the wider community. They come through me but they are the story of many.
Michael J. Whelan – Poet, South Lebanon -1994
This type of literary narrative about the military experience hasn’t really been attempted before in the Irish context. Peacekeeper is the first of its kind to address in some little way the modern Irish citizen-soldier, sailor, airman and woman in his/her role and experiences in foreign conflict…