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The Latin Bridge and the street corner where Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophia on June 28, 1914. Photo: Getty Images
The Latin Bridge and the street corner where Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophia on June 28, 1914. Photo: Getty Images

It's not every day I can open the column from such an exotic location as Sarajevo. I am sitting in a small cafe opposite the very bridge where Gavrilo Princip, the young Serb radical, assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, triggering a sequence of events leading to World War I.

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This year is the hundredth anniversary of that war which involved more Irish soldiers than any war before or since. Over 80,000 Irish soldiers were killed and many thousands more were injured.

Here on this tiny bridge, the Latin Bridge, is where it all started.

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