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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Union Jacks and victory parades... Dublin three years after 1916

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 10/07/2014 | 02:30

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A Victory Parade in Dublin in 1919
A Victory Parade in Dublin in 1919
A Victory Parade in Dublin in 1919
A Victory Parade in Dublin in 1919

ATTIC artifacts from the World War I will be dusted down for an 'Antiques Roadshow'-style event at Trinity College.

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Antique dealers and historians will study and identify family heirlooms from the Great War, before they are digitised for the archives.

"It's incredibly important to reclaim this area of history," Professor James Wickham of Trinity College told the Irish Independent.

"Ireland has had a very complicated relationship to the Great War, 210,000 Irish men fought for the British Army and when they returned they were initially welcomed back.

"But with the foundation of the Irish State attitudes began to change and those who had fought were viewed in a negative light.

"It's only in relatively recent years that we have started to acknowledge the Irish men who fought and fell in World War I."

The World War I Roadshow – which is being staged in Trinity College's Front Square on Saturday from 10am to 5pm – is being run in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland, TCD and RTE Radio One. The day-long event will include pop-up lectures, a cricket match, a food stand serving dishes from the period and a library exhibition showing period items.

"World War I left a scar in many Irish homes and it's important to remember and recognise the contribution Irish men made and the impact this war had on Ireland," Lorelei Harris, RTE Radio 1 editor of arts, factual and Drama, said.

Irish Independent

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