Nationwide Once Again

Absolution by father Francis Gleeson before the Battle of Artois with the Munster Fusiliers

Absolution by father Francis Gleeson before the Battle of Artois with the Munster Fusiliers

Last night rté, Ireland’s national television station, broadcast the first of three shows dedicated to the tensions and histories of the men and women who gave their lives in what would become known as the First World War. 

The Regimental Colours of the Connaught Rangers

The Regimental Colours of the Connaught Rangers

The Nationwide programme showcased the three Irish Divisions which fought with the Allies during the conflict on the Western Front and in the Dardanelles Campaign also. The men from the 36th Ulster Division were commemorated along with those from the Royal Munster Fusiliers, the Connaught Rangers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The Connaught Rangers, or The Devil’s Own as they were known, famously refused to follow orders in a mutiny over the aggression shown by the British government in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War. The spirit of the Munsters was expertly captured in the now famous painting by Fortunino Matania of the General Absolution at on the Rude du Bois, by Father Francis Gleeson. The Dublin Fusiliers took such heavy casualties with the Munsters during the landings at V Beach, Cape Hellas, that they had to form a composite battalion nicknamed the Dubsters

V Beach, the Daradnelles

V Beach, the Daradnelles

The presenter, Mary Kenny, and the researchers for the programme did a really marvelous job and one hopes that future presentations by rté and others will live up to this high standard! The show is available to watch on the rté player for the next 28 days and is fantastic viewing!

About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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