Ireland and The Great War

1918 – Ireland and The Great War

From Saturday 8 November 2008, Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ marks the 90th anniversary of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the end of World War One in which 350,000 Irishmen fought and over 30,000 died.

Television viewers can see a moving documentary on the music of World War One featuring evocative performances by Liam Clancy and Jimmy Crowley. A special edition of Would You Believe tells the heartbreaking story of the soldiers executed by their own comrades and there’s another opportunity to see the powerful Australian film Gallipoli, starring Mel Gibson. To find out more about TV programmes, go here.

Radio invites members of the public to take part in a series of challenging public debates on Ireland’s part in the Great War, chaired by RTÉ’s Myles Dungan (apply for tickets here). The Thomas Davis Lectures will present Our War, a series of ten lectures on the Great War which are accompanied by an RTÉ / Royal Irish Academy book Our War - Ireland and the Great War. You can find out more about all of the radio programmes here.

RTÉ Libraries and Archives will host a very special online exhibition of audio and video clips in which survivors remember their part in the War. You can find out more about the exhibition here.
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Hope this will be of interest.
Get set for some lengthy rationalisations from the usual suspects. There might even be some Silence from Sinn Fein.
Whiskybreath said:
Get set for some lengthy rationalisations from the usual suspects. There might even be some Silence from Sinn Fein.
Imperialism... blah blah... British Militarism... blah blah... oppression... blah blah... rotten potatoes... blah blah...

Why can't some folk just accept that a fair few Irishmen believed in what they were doing when they enlisted?
I have just come back from a week in Dublin and was pleased to see
a number of poppys on display. Not really surprising, when you consider how many Irish have fought and died in British uniforms over the years.
Pleased to see this happening at last. Half the population of Dublin and Cork had relatives who went to fight against the Germans. Tonight on channel 4 as part of a series they are doing some short clips referring to the real life front line in Afghanistan. According to the reporter all he saw was a group of soldiers who were not interested in the big picture or politics, they were interested in protecting each other. I believe it was the same for the Irish volunteers in WW1.
My Family at War on BBC4 tonight included Eamonn Holmes researching his grandfather. Very sobering, the poor bastard was shot in the abdomen, discharged medically unfit and received treatment for his wounds until his death in the '50s.

The segment on what life was like for servicemen returning to Ireland between the Easter Rising and the end of the war made me rather angry, I have to say. Hadn't the poor bastards suffered enough?

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