Belfast Telegraph

Home Opinion Letters

Let us celebrate Waterloo victory

This year marks the anniversary of Wellington's victory over Napoleon at Waterloo.

It is a year, perhaps, in which the British and Europeans can recognise their profound debt to Ireland.

Wellington, of course, was not English, but Irish.

He was the son of the Professor of Music at Dublin University (TCD), born opposite Kildare House (now Leinster House) on May 1, 1769, when Ireland was still a nation independent of Britain.

Wellington's army at Waterloo on June 18, 1815 was not the British Army of the Peninsula, although it was strengthened by British regiments hardened by the 1808-1814 liberation of Portugal and Spain from Napoleon; it was an allied army.

It contained, for example, some 17,000 Dutch troops under the Prince of Orange.

Waterloo was a united European victory against French tyranny.

It ought to be celebrated as such in 2015.

DR GERALD MORGAN

Trinity College, Dublin

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph