In tomorrow's Irish Independent: Ireland at War
THE sacrifice endured by thousands of Irish men and women during the First World War will be the subject of a two-part series beginning in tomorrow's Irish Independent.
'Ireland at War' features family stories of our readers, with contributions from top historians and poignant and vivid descriptions of life at the front and at home explored and analysed.
The contributors include UCD historian Diarmuid Ferriter, who says the centenary of the conflict provides an opportunity for a more "nuanced appreciation" of the forces that underpinned loyalty and identity in Ireland 100 years ago.
The conflict saw 250,000 Irish people sign up. Official estimates put the number of Irish dead at 49,000, mown down over four years on French and Belgian battlefields.
The war wiped out an entire generation of young men, the flower of youth extinguished. Sixteen million people, including civilians, died and more than 20 million people were wounded.
We also reveal how the records of the 49,000 who died in the conflict are being digitised and stored for future generations, and paint a picture of 10 key figures who shaped the road to war.
Building over two Saturdays into a stunning 64-page history, the magazines explain the reasons for the war, Ireland's role in it and the awful cost in human terms.