A plaque has been unveiled in the courtyard of the Irish College Paris dedicated to the “Irish men and women who served the cause of the liberation of France”.
During a special ceremony relatives of 50 Irish men and women gathered to remember those who worked for the French Resistance during World War II. More than 750 Irish people were living in France at that time.
The Irish dignatories were represented by the Irish Ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason together with Professor of Military History David Murphy from Maynooth University who initiated the project along with John Morgan of the Escape Lines Memorial Society.
French officials included Emmanuelle d’Achon, former ambassador to Dublin, Senator Hélène Conway-Mouret and Professor Jean-Pierre Azéma, an historian and president of the French commemoration committee.
You can read an article published in The Irish Times written by its Paris correspondent Lara Marlowe.
An article has also been published on the Maynooth University Alumni website.
You can also read some of the stories of these brave Irish men and women on the Irish in Paris website researched and written by Isadore Ryan.