Tuesday 12 December 2017

Poignant roll-call details 49,000 Irishmen who died in Great War

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

A POIGNANT roll-call of 49,000 Irishmen who perished in World War I has been acquired by the National Museum of Ireland.

The eight-volume set, 'Ireland's Memorial Records 1914-1918', lists each Irish combatant who perished in the conflict and includes their rank, regiment, date of death as well as birthplace and age where known.

It is illustrated by renowned illustrator Harry Clarke.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan received a private viewing with Raghnall O Floinn, head of collections, and may have discovered a distant relative.

Private Thomas Deenihan, died in Gallipoli on August 11, 1915, and was originally from Kilrush, Co Clare.

"His family are from north Kerry and west Limerick but Kilrush is close-by so there must be some relationship," said Mr O Floinn.

"That's just one of the 49,000 individual stories," he said.

Only 100 sets of the records were printed by the Irish War Memorial Committee and they were published in Dublin in 1923.

Irish Independent

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