Not many people realise that although Ireland was a neutral country during the 2nd World War, thousands of Irishmen and women served in the Irish Army. My father (aged 82) was one such person. Last year, with the help of one of his neighbours in Knocklong, Co. Limerick (Ireland), he managed to apply for and receive a service medal for his three years in the army during the war. Here he is proudly wearing the medal.