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Great War library book loans are up 124pc

LOANS by Dublin city libraries of World War One books have jumped by 124pc as centenary interest in the conflict has soared.

Volumes including Max Hastings' Catastrophe, Britain's Great War by Jeremy Paxman and Our War: Ireland and the Great War have proved especially popular.

The interest comes ahead of this year's Dublin Festival of History, which will examine the capital's involvement in the war.

Loans of non-fiction Great War books increased from 1,034 in the first six months of last year to 2,316 during the same period this year.

Commemoration events marking the start of hostilities 100 years ago contributed to the rise.


The festival, organised by Dublin City Council, will take place at Dublin Castle and other venues from September 26 to October 8. It drew more than 4,000 people last year.

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes said: "As well as talks by historians there will be a piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray which will bring the war experiences of ordinary Dubliners to life."

Among the historians featured will be Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Richard Evans and Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer. Irish historians Mary Daly, David Dickson and Sean Duffy will also attend.

Lectures are free and booking is available on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie