Saturday 10 December 2016

Reassessing the tragedy of Ireland and England in WWI

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Nationalist leader John Redmond: campaigned for Irish Home Rule. Photo by Independent News And Media/Getty Images
Nationalist leader John Redmond: campaigned for Irish Home Rule. Photo by Independent News And Media/Getty Images

I write as an Englishman to congratulate an Irishman, Gavin Hughes (from Banbridge, Co Down), on his paper 'Military Archaeologies of 1916 Command and Control: Case Studies from Mount Street Bridge to The Somme', delivered at The Ninth International Fields of Conflict Conference in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

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It was a paper delivered with good judgment and fine sensitivity, much as we might expect from an acknowledged expert on Ireland in World War I.

Dr Hughes compares the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters at Northumberland Road and Mount Street Bridge on April 26, 1916 as they marched to the relief of Trinity College Dublin and the Sixteenth (Irish) Division in its victory at Guillemont on September 3 1916.

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