ON HURTING GROUND: POETIC SILHOUETTES ON SOLDIERS, HISTORY, LOVE & TRAGEDY by Michael J. Whelan (Unpublished, 500 copies printed), 2009.
This is my second book ‘On Hurting Ground: Poetic Silhouettes- On Soldiers, History, Love and Tragedy’ which I self printed (not published) and it was launched by Dr Rosaleen Dwyer, Heritage Officer for South Dublin in August 2009.
The fifty poems and illustrations written and produced in memory of my Mother and her sister in order to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer and Heart Disease in Ireland and all proceeds went to both the Marie Keating Foundation and the Irish Heart Foundation charities.
Although I would not hold the pieces in this book to be my best work by any standard, it is however the period that I became serious about poetry and things of a literary nature.
THE BATTLE OF JADOTVILLE by Michael J. Whelan (South Dublin Libraries), 2006.
This was my first book and concentrates on the heroic actions of ‘A Company’ 35th Irish Infantry Battalion in the Republic of the Congo, while they served there as Peacekeepers, who after fighting a battle against a superior force in numbers ran out of food water and ammunition and ended up in captivity.
ALLEGIANCES COMPROMISED: FAITH, HONOUR & ALLEGIANCE – EX BRITISH SOLDIERS IN THE IRISH ARMY 1913-1924 by Michael J, Whelan (South Dublin Libraries), 2011
ALLEGIANCES COMPROMISED was my third book and it is an introduction to the impact of ex-British soldiers in the Irish Army at the beginning of the Irish Free State and its evolution. It was launched by Cllr Marie Corr- Mayor of South Dublin County & Brigadier General Paul Fry- General Officer Commanding Irish Air Corps.
PEACEKEEPER (Doire Press, 2016) is my most recent book, a collection of my published poems inspired by my tours of active duty as a peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces on United Nations deployment to South Lebanon and later to Kosovo in the 1990s.