Four Dublin teenagers launch first book
Four teenagers attending school have launched their first book, entitled 'The Green Fields of France'.
The four school pupils Michael McDonagh, Ciaran O'Connor, Aaron Boylan and Jamie Broughan, aged between 15 and 16, had their launch and the Department of Foreign Affairs and were joined by Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan.
The book documents the the story of young Willie McBride and was published by Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. It took the pupils around four weeks to complete their project, which was part of their junior certificate studies.
The boys presented a copy of their book to the British ambassador Mr Dominick Chilcott last year, and he wrote to them to say he applauded their efforts in their search for all the young Willie McBrides.
Their teacher, Nora Kielty said it was a very proud day for her.
"What happened here today in one words was a miracle. Finbar Furey sang the song with us, so it was a historic day and a very proud moment for me as a teacher and for the boys and for the school," she said.
"These boys would come from circumstances which are difficult, but they managed to overcome that. They managed to achieve the impossible today. They are now published authors."
Speaking at the launch, Minister Deenihan said that projects like this put a human face to the loss of life during more than 100 years ago.
"It can be difficult sometimes to understand the enormity of the hardship endured by the thousands of young men who, like Willie McBride, fought in the trenches of World War One," he said.
"Projects like this one help to put a human face on the enormous and tragic loss of life in that period - the most momentous decade in modern Irish history and a decade that changed the world forever."
The book goes on sale from today at Glasnevin Museum.