Kevin Myers honours Laois war hero

Kevin Myers honours Laois war hero


Jack Moyney; the Victoria Cross recipient, who is immortalised in Durrow`s Bygones Museum, will have Journalist and author Kevin Myers open the Snug named in his memory in Bob’s Bar on Saturday 5th July 2014 at 2pm. Jack Moyney was a relative of the Campion family, formerly from Rathdowney, Co. Laois and who served in the Irish Guards Regiment during World War 1.

John 'Jack' Moyney: Irish hero

John ‘Jack’ Moyney: An Irish hero


The Victoria Cross was awarded to him for being in command of 15 men who on the day had formed into two advanced posts. Surrounded by the enemy he held his post  for 96 hours, having no water and very little food. On the fifth day, with the enemy advancing to dislodge him, he attacked them with bombs, while also using  his Lewis gun with great effect. Finding himself surrounded, he led his men in a charge through the enemy and reached a stream, where he and a private Thomas  Woodcock covered his party while they crossed unscathed, before crossing themselves under a shower of bullets.

Kevin Myers, whose passion for the forgotten Irish is well-known, met and interviewed Jack Moyney. He will be officially opening the snug on the day. Bobby can be contacted directly on (087) 6165484. For more information on Jack and his incredible exploits click here to read this Irish Times piece.