I am so pleased that this piece was broadcast on RTE 1 (
’s National Broadcasting Station) August 16th 2009, when the subject was 100 years old. Ireland
My hero died almost a year later, having reached 101. He did not get to this age by sitting around minding himself... here's the story of my meeting with one of the most fascinating men I have ever had the good fortune to encounter.
On a January morning in 1941, at dawn in the African desert, a dashing Italian officer led a successful cavalry charge, almost the last one in history, against the might of the British Army in
, interrupting their early morning tea. Eritrea
Over fifty years later, on another January morning, this time in