They fought against Nazi Germany and were considered deserters, when in fact they were hero's who volunteered  actually went out of there way to fight for world peace.  
 
 
 
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A pardon was issued  to thousands of Irish soldiers branded as deserters for joining the British Army to fight Nazi Germany.
The current Irish Government enacted  legislation to grant an amnesty to the Irish soldiers  - who were blacklisted for helping the British Army fight Adolf Hitler.
Ireland's  Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, said the historic move will make amends for the past and recognise the courage and bravery of those individuals who were court-martialed or dismissed from the defence forces when they fought on the Allied side to protect decency and democracy during the Second World War.
Mr Shatter has already apologised to the ex-soldiers, who were dismissed en masse from the Irish Army under special powers introduced during the Second World War, known as the Emergency in neutral Ireland.
The Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Bill 2012 provides for the granting of an amnesty and immunity from prosecution to 5,000 Irish soldiers who fought with the Allies.
They had been found guilty by a military tribunal at the time of going absent without leave.
Special powers brought in - which became known as the starvation order - saw the deserters barred from state jobs, refused military pensions and faced with widespread discrimination.
Mr Shatter has said the pardon would make an important difference to thousands of families in Ireland and goes some way to right the wrongs of the past.
"Unfortunately, many of the individuals whose situation is addressed in this Bill did not live to see the day that this state finally acknowledged the important role that they played in seeking to ensure a free and safe Europe," he added.
 
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On Saturday the  4th of July, American Independance Day, we are inviting anyone with an interest to join with us as we unveil a memoral seat in memory of Cpl Joseph A. Clancy from Westport , a resident of Cook, county Illinois USA  who died in an aircrash during the Vietnam War.

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