Irishmen in the Great War - Irish Newspaper Stories 1916

Tom Burnell

Date Published :
April 2023
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8 page plate section
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In a quest to to discover the forgotten Irishmen in twenty-seven Irish newspapers, many of which are now obsolete, the author uncovered unbelievable and forgotten newspaper articles, cast aside since the 1920s – until now.

The year 1916 brought new experiences for our Irish heroes, and, even though fighting hard overseas, they still wanted to share their experiences with loved ones at home. Through letters and poetry, they shed new light on what life was like on the front line, and divulged heroic tales of the Irishmen by the Irishmen. The Irish newspapers of the time drew on the content of such correspondence to fill their pages and inform locals of their loved ones. From the heroic to the humorous, and from the terrors of the trenches, to touching tales – all aspects of life in this tumultuous time were covered, including recruitment drives, Christmas festivities at the front, war in the desert, tragic deaths and sad accidents, treatment of prisoners, the Irishman who filmed death, women spies on strike, pen pictures of the war, and many more wartime stories.

These rare and untapped stories, have finally been utilized for this book, to give a unique insight into life on the front line and on the home front during the First World War.

About The Author

Tom Burnell lives in Holycross, County Tipperary. He has published ten books, nine of these on the Great War. He is a lexicographer, historian, author, Irish Defence Forces veteran of ‘The Troubles’, and ex-research curator of St Mary’s Famine and War Museum, Thurles, County Tipperary. Fascinated by the forgotten Irish participants of the Great War he set about chronicling each county Roll of Honour and has completed seventeen of the Irish Republic’s twenty-six counties.

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