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Ireland’s Wars: Mons

The early days of the war in Europe, for the men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) anyway, were a helter-skelter affair of rapid mobilisation, a boat ride across the Irish Sea or English Channel and a march through the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The First World War Begins

The origins of the First World War have been long-debated, and bare little going into, bar the basic particulars. In the summer of 1914, a generations worth of international and intranational tensions – the naval arms race between Britain and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Civil War That Wasn’t

Much of the political wrangling around Home Rule in the summer of 1914 was about whether Ulster would be part of the process at all. Early on and at different stages of the legislative process, opposition figures, and even supporters, … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Patrick Costelloe, Royal Munster Fusiliers (Part One)

Something a little different this time. In the spirit of the current focus on all things “Start of World War One”, I thought we’d talk about my great Grandfather. And we’ll do so, in the spirit of education, by having … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Complexity

A few things recently have prompted me to look at my “Nine Tenets”, the ways in which I stated that the topic of revolutionary remembrance should be approached, and how it might be most appropriately carried out during this “centenary … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: The Poppy

Ah, the poppy. Now there is a unique symbol of war remembrance. A simple red flower taken from the fields of France and Belgium that became overgrown so quickly in the aftermath of World War One, covering over the mud, … Continue reading

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A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall By Neil Richardson

Richardson writes a comprehensive account of the Irish contribution to the First World War, focusing his narrative on the individual stories that he has discovered, especially those that are less well known in the popular consciousness. It is a very … Continue reading

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