Take a look at the archaeology and history of the United States Naval Air Station in Aghada, Co. Cork.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of United States forces in Ireland to participate in World War One. Thousands of Americans were based in Ireland, the majority in Cork, be it on naval vessels in places like Cork Harbour or at United States Naval Air Stations such as those at Aghada and Whiddy Island, or the Kite Balloon Station in Berehaven. U.S. personnel were a common site around the county, most notably in Queenstown (now Cobh). In addition U.S. Naval personnel were based in places like the Wexford, Dublin and Donegal. All told they had a dramatic impact on the military and social landscape of the country.
This video is part of the US Military in Ireland Project, which also touches on the economic and social impact of the base. The Midleton Archaeology & Heritage Project in association with Rubicon Heritage will explore this American presence over the course of the centenary, learn more at their website https://midletonheritage.com/ and find them on Twitter at @irishacw
If any readers have images or information relating to the American presence in Ireland during World War One, please contact the project lead damian.shiels@