The Irishmen of the Irish Guards…

Fascinating piece from Tommie Gorman on that steady trickle of Irishmen into the British Army… The Irish Guards are 40% made up of people from the island and second and third generation Englishmen.

Adds: Aengus is not happy about “the British Army’s public relations offensive in Ireland is being facilitated by certain media outlets.” He also claims Irish neutrality is being broken, though most of those southerners who mention how they were recruited mention visits to Holywood, which although in Northern Ireland he alleges any local recruitment of British soldiers even “in the Six Counties, in violation of the principles underlying the Good Friday Agreement”.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty