In 2009, “one of World War II’s smallest war heroes” was honoured with the unveiling of a plaque on the harbour wall in Carnlough, Co Antrim. The “small” hero was not a man or woman of small stature but rather a pigeon called Paddy. A rather heroic little bird in fact, who actually took part in the D-Day landings of June 1944.

“An Irish pigeon trained in England by a Scotsman with a Welsh assistant,” was how one newspaper described the pre-war life of Paddy.