Heather Iandolo talks about her memories of her father William Joyce, also known as Lord Haw-Haw.
Born in New York in 1906 to an Irish father and and English mother, William Joyce was raised in Galway and moved to England in his teens. He became a prominent member of Oswald Mosley's British Union of Facists in the early 1930s. By 1937 he had fallen out of favour with Mosley, and left the party.
In 1939 he travelled to Germany where he was recruited by the Reich Ministry of Propaganda and presented his own radio show titled 'Germany Calling', becoming known in England as Lord Haw-Haw. As Gay Byrne explains, his anti-British propaganda had one goal only,
He tried to convince them that they were on a losing game, and would eventually lose the war.
When the Second World War ended William Joyce was captured by British soldiers and transported to England. He was tried and committed for high treason, and was hanged at Wandworth Prison in 1946.
William Joyce's daughter Heather Iandolo is in the process of having his remains re-interred and has asked Galway County Council for permission to purchase a grave in one of their cemeteries as re-burial in England might attract hooliganism and attention from the far right.
Her parents separated when she was seven years old, and by the time Joyce was broadcasting from Nazi Germany she and her sister were living in Sussex with their mother. They listened to 'Germany Calling' regularly but were well aware that it was purely an exercise in propaganda,
We knew my father too well...We didn't believe all the Nazi news bulletins, we thought the Germans were liars.
The identity of her father eventually did came out, and Heather and her sister were targets for much comment in school, but this stopped thanks to the intervention of a kind headmaster. Some people have very strong opinions about her father's re-interrnment, but most people respect what she is doing, as
I'm trying to subdue all this passion and antipathy by keeping the funeral very respectful and religious and domesticated.
A person who attracted controversy from his youth, the teenage William Joyce was an open supporter of the Black and Tans,
Being a boy of only 14 at the time he was easily encouraged by them.
Joyce subsequently left Ireland to enlist in the British Army, but was discharged when it emerged that he was underage.
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 24 January 1976. The presenter is Gay Byrne.