Tuesday 22 July 2014

World War I Roadshow looking for Irish to tell their family stories

Anita McSorley

Published 03/07/2014|15:54

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The Irish Brigade going back to a rest area after taking Guillemont in September 1916.
The Irish Brigade going back to a rest area after taking Guillemont in September 1916.

Did World War I affect your ancestors - or has your family a story to tell?

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If so, the 'World One Roadshow' wants to hear from you.

The event will be taking place at Trinity College on July 12th - and is expected to attract a large amount of interest.

The show will examine closely the role Ireland played in the first World War.

More than 200,000 Irishmen fought in WW1 and some 49,000 were killed during the four year conflict.

Organisers are urging those interested to bring family items, letters and mementos relating to WW1 to be catalogued, digitised and uploaded to an online European archive.

The archive is being developed in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914.

People from all over Ireland are expected to descend upon the university for the event.

Pop-up talks covering different aspects of the war will take place every 15 minutes throughout the day.

There will also be historical tours of the campus, charting Trinity College’s unique history during this period.

The human side of the battle will also be explored with actors reading from accounts, diary entries and love letters during sequences of performed readings.

Other events include a cricket match, afternoon tea and the final Bulge call of the Last Post being played at the end of the day.

Professor James Wickham spoke about the significance of the road show for the college.

“With its programme of talks and lectures it will showcase research being conducted in Ireland on this period; it will also remember the over 450 Trinity College graduates who died in the Great War.

“We want it to be an informative and thought provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One.  We want people to come away from it with a greater understanding of Ireland’s role in what was one of the bloodiest conflicts of our time,” he said.

The World War One Roadshow will take place on Saturday July 12 from 9.30am until 5.30pm in Trinity College Dublin.

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