IRELAND’S FORGOTTEN LEGACY In 1914-1918, two hundred thousand Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds went to war. At least thirty-five thousand never came home. An award-winning collection of veterans’ stories as told by the families, with military records, surviving documents and letters.
IRELAND’S FORGOTTEN LEGACY In 1914-1918, two hundred thousand Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds went to war. At least thirty-five thousand never came home. Those that did were scarred for the rest of their lives. Many of these survivors found themselves abandoned and ostracised by their countrymen, their voices seldom heard.
The book includes:
Includes over 300 photographs and items of memorabelia from the lives of these brave men and their families.
An important book that opened up the conversation in Ireland about our role in World War I. Updated, and with a new introduction.
superb and heartfelt ... you need to read this book particularly if you are interested in Irish history and the history of the Great War (and make no mistake, this book details vital and important part of that history)
this book should be on the school curriculum both in Ireland and the UK so the truth of the role of the Irish in the Great War is finally known ... superb, poignant, informative, I can’t praise it enough, a most important book from a writer with the skill and courage to do his subject matter the justice it has so long deserved
'well worth the wait'
'Ireland’s deliberate amnesia surrounding World War One is at last being punctured and a fine book such as this serves a key role in humanising the suffering'
'exceptional new publication'
'all in all, it’s a fantastic read'
'a remarkable collection of stories'
'Shows an 'extraordinary empathy with a generation that is gone''
'a moving collection of stories about Irishmen who fought in that war, backed up by photos, diaries and documents that bring us closer to these men than any book I have read before'
'remarkable ... Insightful'
'author Neil Richardson conveys the personal experiences of the soldiers and what life was really like facing enemy lines'
'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish'
'heart-rending stories about bravery, family sacrifice, lucky escapes and tragic ends'
'documents the life cycle of the war through the eyes of the Irish men that fought it'
'He [the author] writes: 'The best way to understand the Irishmen who fought in the First World War is to remember them, to finally acknowledge what they went through and allow their stories to be told.' Neil Richardson should rest easy, as he’s achieved
'a stunning piece of research'
'given that the first casualty of any war is the truth, any attempt to honour the Irish who fought in The Great War can only be welcomed. 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' is arguably the finest modern effort to record the tales of the Irish who fo
‘this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish’
‘one of the great achievements of the book is to present to the public some truly new material which has not been available before’
‘thoughtful comments on memory of the war and its place in Ireland today’
'a fascinating new book containing accounts of the activities of participants in World War I has just been released and it tells the incredible story of the involvement in the bloody conflict of three brothers from Kerry'
'a wonderful book'
'a poignant and sometimes harrowing collection of personal experiences from The Great War'
'a fascinating, and indeed, saddening read'
'Richardson has done Irish history a great service in this book. It has helped add flesh to a growing amount of books on the Irish contribution to the first world war.'
'The O’Brien Press is to be congratulated on a very well produced book with over 150 photographs and other illustrations.'
'It is a moving and often tragic tale ... A book to dip into and enjoy, and I would recommend it most strongly.'
This book adds another dimension to the many recent books on the Irish experience during the conflict ...
'At last a book that tells the truth about Ireland and a major part of our recent history' JK Flanagan
'fantastic reading' Five-Stars, Rebel in Blue
Some 200,000 Irishmen participated in the first World War, between 35,000 and 50,000 died, tens of thousands more were wounded and countless more suffered for the rest of their lives. Yet for generations such a cataclysm impacted little on the national consciousness. This fine book recovers veterans’ memories of their experiences thus “giving a more personal edge to the famous battles and events of the war”. These are the stories of the ordinary private soldiers, as told to their children and grandchildren, and through the latter to the author. An extraordinarily representative picture emerges of men of all backgrounds and political opinions: their motives for going, their terrible experiences at the front and what became of them afterwards. Illustrations and photographs add greatly to the insights
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