MONAGHAN’S FINEST TALENTS ARE REWARDED NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

12 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

SIR JOHN LESLIE RECEIVES TOP FRENCH HONOUR FOR HIS WARTIME SERVICE

By Michael Fisher in Dublin

The talents and achievements of Monaghan people of different generations have been recognized at a series of separate events in Dublin during the past week. On Monday at the residence of the French Ambassador, family and friends of Sir Jack Leslie from Glaslough joined the celebrations as the 98 year-old World War II veteran was awarded France’s highest distinction. The former Irish Guards officer was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, adding to his formal title of fourth baronet. The distinction was bestowed by the French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, M. Jean-Marc Todeschini. Representatives of the British Army and the Irish Defence Forces were present for this important occasion that was another chapter in the historical friendship between Ireland and France. The Bishop of Clogher Dr Liam Mac Daid and Donagh Parish Priest Fr Hubert Martin were also among the guests.

Sir Jack, who will be 99 next month, said he wished to accept the award on behalf of all soldiers from the island of Ireland who fought and died in the two great wars.

As a second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards, Jack Leslie commanded a unit at Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1940 that took on the advancing Panzers of the German army and held them back for several days allowing thousands of other British soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkerque. He was taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany (see page 16).

SCIFEST 2015 WINNER

Also in Dublin a student from County Monaghan for the second year in a row took top honours in the SciFest exhibition in the Marino conference centre on Friday. Louis Madden, a fifth year student from Largy College in Clones, was named the overall winner of SciFest 2015. His project looked at whether genetic testing and DNA research can be carried out simply, cheaply and efficiently.

SciFest is an all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students. Last year, Christopher Carragher, a then sixth year student from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, was named the overall winner of SciFest 2014 for his …

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