APRIL 2020

The Smyth Brothers and the Murphy Brewing Family in the Great War


Gerard O’Meara

29th April 2020

7:30-8:30pm, College of Commerce, Cork. Room number will be displayed in the main entrance on the night

This talk explores the Great War experiences and subsequent careers of Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth, DSO and Bar, French Croix de Guerre and Belgian Croix de guerre and his brother Major George Osbert Sterling Smyth, DSO and MC – from Banbridge, Co. Down. The talk also looks at the Great War experiences of some members of the well known Murphy brewing family from Cork.



Gerard O’Meara is Secretary of the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association. He recently published his book, Lorrha People in the Great War.  The book details the Great War experiences of people from his native parish in Tipperary.  It features a chapter on his namesake, Martin O’Meara VC who served with the Australian Imperial Force


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