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Talk – Thu 27th Sep – 2018

A Time to Risk All – The Incredible Story of Mary Elms
by Clodagh Finn

Mary Elms unsung Irish heroine of the HolocaustRenmore History Society are pleased to announce the start of the 2018-2019 Season, and the first talk of the season honours an unsung Irish heroine of the Holocaust.

Mary Elms was a Corkwoman, humanitarian aid worker and brilliant scholar. Having served as an ambulance driver during the Spanish Civil war she went on to save hundreds of Jewish children from the Holocaust and would become the first and only Irish person to be honoured as ‘Righteous Among the Nations” by the Yad Vashem, and was made a member of the Legion D’Honneur in France. This talk, by Journalist and Author Clodagh Finn, will tell the incredible story of this brave but unrecognised Irish heroine. 

Clodagh has been writing and editing for 25 years. She spent 10 years at the Irish Examiner where she was a senior reporter, feature writer and columnist.Then she moved to France to work as a freelance writer and editor for Agence France Presse, Bayard Presse, Time Out and Unesco. She is fluent in French. Clodagh has also reported from Eastern Europe, Russia and central Europe. More recently, she was a senior sub-editor at the Irish Independent before being appointed letters editor and later production editor. She has also contributed to RTE, the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune and the Sunday Business Post.

Clodagh will have copies of her book available for sale on the night.

The talk will take place at 20.00 hrs on Thurs 27th Sept, in the usual venue on the Military barracks. It will be followed by drinks and light refreshments in the Mess.

As always places are limited and must be booked in advance. To reserve a place click the following link:  and click the green ‘register’ button. Please remember to bring your registration number with you on the night.

Entrance is free for members, and €5 for non-members. Membership for the forthcoming season can be paid for on the night and the new membership cards will be available.

We look forward to your company.