‘Mick’ Mannock, World War 1 Flying Ace and VC What are the Ballincollig and Irish origins of the greatest British air ace of World War I? What is Mannock’s claim to greatness? These are some of the questions that Dermot Lucey will try to answer in a lecture on Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock who rose from humble origins to become a Major and Squadron leader in the Royal Air Force in 1918. His father, also Edward Mannock, married his mother, Julia Sullivan, in the Church of St Mary and St John in Ballincollig in 1883. His unfortunate death in July 1918 brought to an end a short but glorious career which might have led to even greater achievements after the war had he lived. The lecture, organised by Muskerry Local History Society, will be held on Monday, 15th February, at 8pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.