Visit Whiddy Island to learn about the American Airbase that was present on the island in World War One
During your visit, islander Tim O’Leary will lead you up to the island’s battery to show you traces of the base’s past.
Discover how the base was built and operated, and learn about the seaplanes – new inventions at the time – that were based here as part of the effort to deter German U-boats from the kinds of attack that sunk the Lusitania off Ireland’s shores.
when we return to the Bank House Pub, you’ll see images from Whiddy’s past in a slideshow, and hear stories about how the base and the Americans who manned it shaped life on the island.
Tim’s World War One stories tie Whiddy into the excitement that surrounded the development of transatlantic travel in the early twentieth century, as well as to the strands of naval and military history that have shaped our modern world.
For more information, contact Tim O’Leary 086 862 734.