Tag Archives: First World War

‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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A Lasting Impression

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/06/world/feat-wwi-graffiti-found/ From earliest times man has sought to leave his/her mark on the eternal world. For many this has taken the route of children, achievements, success, monuments. But for others, men and women of more modest circumstances this has taken … Continue reading

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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Irish Home Rule and the First World War: A Video History by Ronan McGreevy

Irish Home Rule and the First World War   This fantastic short video introduction to the topic of Irish Home Rule and the impact which the advent of the First World War had on it, is brought to you by … Continue reading

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Coonagh had highest death toll in World War I

http://www.solimerick.com/news/1205/coonagh-had-highest-death-toll-i

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The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28705819 Britain and the Western World was preparing for the Great War for well over thirty years, so it comes as little surprise that the media was ready to play it’s part. The … Continue reading

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An Irishman’s Diary on Hubert Gough, an enigmatic general

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishman-s-diary-on-hubert-gough-an-enigmatic-general-1.1858372

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Trench construction in World War I

Originally posted on Diana Overbey:
When people think of World War I, one of the first images that comes to mind is the trench.  Here’s a look into how these major features were constructed, as well as their impact on…

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Remember the Alamo?

Phil Collins donates Alamo hoard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28054287 Collection of military memorabilia is at an all time. With the natural rise in interest in the First World War with the centenary of that conflict rapidly approaching. In this case it’s Phil Collins … Continue reading

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Survivors….of a kind….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26170799 The First World War was as it’s name suggests, a titanic thing. It was so monumental both in terms of human sacrifice and geography, that sometimes we as a species fail to grasp a subtle truth. Not all those … Continue reading

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Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division

  On the 1st of March, 2014, I presented my paper entitled ‘Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division’ to the Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference, 2014. The conference which was … Continue reading

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Germany’s forgotten war

Germany’s forgotten war http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26368633 War service and sacrifice commemorations are a difficult business in Germany at the best of times. Commemorating the Great War can only be fraught with difficulties.

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Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference 2014

  Today I have the great honour to be speaking at a panel of the Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference 2014. The conference will come this year from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the first time in the IHSA history.  … Continue reading

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Europe’s Violent Memories

Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin, will present a paper entitled ‘Europe’s Violent Memories’ in the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin, on Tuesday 8th of October. For anyone unfamiliar with Dr Gerwarth, he has written extensively on the subject … Continue reading

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‘Form Fours’: Collins Barracks Conference, 14 September 2013

  Just a quick post to thank the Military History Society of Ireland and all of my fellow speakers at Saturday’s conference, jointly hosted by the Military History Society of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. There … Continue reading

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‘A bed to lie o…

‘A bed to lie on, and enough food to keep life in us to enable us to work, is all any of us should think of now.’ When Terence MacSwiney was attempting to keep the Irish Volunteers out of the … Continue reading

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(image from thehindu.com, 05/07/2013) Shielding Commonwealth war graves from the ravages of time This is a great article by Christian Fraser for BBC news, regarding the herculean restorative efforts being undertaken at the Commonwealth War Graves in France and elsewhere … Continue reading

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