Remembrance / Contact & Reference

For those interested in the contribution of Irish men and women in the Great War, there is a wide range of useful books and publications, many of which were published in recent years.

The Great War

Martin Gilbert, The First World War, London, 1993.


John Keegan, The First World War, Hutchinson, London, 1998.


Peter Simkins, Chronicles of the Great War, The Western Front 1914-1918, Colour Library Direct, Godalming, 1997.


Martin Middlebrook, The First Day on the Somme, Allan Lane, Glasgow, 1971, published by Penguin Books, 1984.


Alan Moorehead, Gallipoli, Wordsworth Editions, Ware, 1997.


Martin Middlebrook, The Kaiser’s Battle, 21 March 1918, Allan Lane, Glasgow, 1978, published by Penguin Books, 1983.


Michael Hickey, Gallipoli, 1999.

The Irish Involvement:

Tom Johnstone, Orange Green and Khaki: The story of the Irish Regiments in the Great War, 1914, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1992.


Terence Denman, Ireland’s Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War, 1914-1918, Irish Academic Press, 1992.


Capt. C. Falls, The History of the 36th Ulster Division, M’Caw, Stevenson and Orr, Belfast, 1922. Republished by Constable, London, 1996.


Myles Dungan, Irish Voices from the Great War, Irish Academic Press, Dublin,1995.


Myles Dungan, They Shall Grow Not Old: Irish Soldiers and the Great War, Four Courts Press, Dublin,1997.


Tom Dooley, Irishmen or English Soldiers, Liverpool University Press,1995


John Sheen, The Tyneside Irish, Pen and Sword Ltd, South Yorkshire, 1998.

The Regiments:

M. Cunliffe, The Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1973-1950, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1971.


C. Falls, The History of the Royal Irish Rifles, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1922.


Sir F. Fox, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Great War, Constable, London, 1928.


Brig. General S. Geoghegan, Campaigns and History of the Royal Irish Regiment, Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1927. Republished by Schull Books (price IR£150 plus P&P).


Henry Hanna, The Pals at Suvla Bay, Ponsonby, Dublin, 1917. (D Company, 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers)


Maj. H.E.D. Harris, The Irish Regiments in the First World War, Mercier Press, Dublin, 1968.


H. S. Jervis, The 2nd Munsters in France, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1922. Republished by Schull Books, 1998.


Lt. Col. H.F.N. Jourdain, History of the Connaught Rangers, Royal United Service Institution, London, 1928.


Rudyard Kipling, The Irish Guards in the Great War, Macmillan, London, 1923.


Capt. S. McCance, The History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1927.


Lt. Col. F.E. Whitton, The History of the Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1926. Republished by Schull Books (price IR£150 plus P&P).


Colonel H. C. Wylly, Neill’s “Blue Caps“, Vol 3, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1924.This history of the 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was republished by Schull Books in 1996 (price IR£220 plus P&P).


Colonel H.C. Wylly, Crown and Company, Vol 2, Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1924. This history of the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers will be republished by Schull Books. Schull Books have also republished the histories of the Connaught Rangers (price £250 plus P&P) and the Royal Munster Fusiliers (sold out).

The Irish War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin:

Information on the memorial Gardens and visits can be obtained from: Dúchas, The Heritage Service, 51 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.


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Individual Stories:

Terence Denman, A Lonely Grave, The Life and Death of William Redmond, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1995.


Frank Laird, Personal Experiences of the Great War, Dublin, 1925.


John Lucy, There’s a Devil in the Drum, London, 1938.


Patrick MacGill, The Great Push, Herbert Jenkins, London, 1916, republished by Caliban Books, London, 1984.


Patrick MacGill, The Red Horizon, London, 1916, republished by Brandon, Dingle, 1984.


Alfred O’Rahilly, Father William Doyle, S.J., Longman Green, London, 1920.


P. Orr, The Road to the Somme; Men of the Ulster Division tell their Story, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 1987.


David Robertson, Deeds not Words (Former pupils of Wilson’s Hospital), Easons, Dublin, 1998.


Mc Ginley Nial, Donegal, Ireland and the First World War, Letterkenny, 1987.

Visiting The Battlefields:

Lee Cooper publish a series of guides to each important battle site under the general title, Battleground Europe.


Rose E. B. Coombs, Before Endeavours Fade, Battle of Britain Prints International, London, 1976.


Tonie and Valmai Holt, Battlefields of the First World War, Pavillion Books, London, 1993.

Academic Research On Ireland & The Great War:

Bowman, T. (1999), “The Discipline and Morale of the B.E.F. in France and Flanders, with particular reference to Irish Units serving on the Western Front.” Ph.D. Thesis, University of Luton.


Callan, P. (1984), “Voluntary recruiting for the British Army in Ireland during the First World War”. PhD Thesis, University College Dublin.


Denman, T. (1987), “The 10th (Irish) Division 1914-15: a study in military and political interaction,” The Irish Sword, XVII, 16-25.


—– (1987/9188), “Sir Lawrence Parsons and the raising of the 16th (Irish) Division,1914-15”. The Irish Sword, XVII, 90-104.


—– (1989), “An Irish Battalion at war: from the letters of Captain J.H.M. Staniforth 7th Leinsters, 1914-1918”, The Irish Sword, XVII, 165-217.


—— (1991), “The Catholic Irish Soldier in the First World War: the racial environment”, Irish Historical Studies, XXVII, 352-65.


——- (1992a), “A Voice from the lonely grave: the death in action of Major William Redmond M.P., 7th June 1917”, The Irish Sword, XVIII, 286-96.


——- (1992b), “Ireland’s Unknown Soldiers: the 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War,” Dublin.


Dooley, T.P., (1995), “Irishmen or English Soldiers?” Ph.D. Thesis, Liverpool University, 1995.


Fitzpatrick, D. (1988), “Ireland and the First World War”, Trinity History Workshop Publications, Dublin, 1986.


Karsten, P. (1983), “Irish soldiers in the British Army, 1792-1922: suborned or subordinate?” Journal of Social History, XVII, 31-64.


Leonard, J. (1986a), “The Catholic Chaplaincy”, Trinity History Workshop Publications, Dublin, 1986.


——– (1986b), “Lest we forget,” Trinity History Workshop Publications, Dublin, 1986.


Lucey, D. J. (1972), “Cork public opinion and the First World War.” MA Thesis, University College Cork.


Perry, N. (1994), “Nationality in the Irish Infantry Regiments in the First World War.” War and Society, 12.


Staunton, M. (1986a), “The Royal Munster Fusiliers in the Great War 1914-19”, MA Thesis, University College Dublin.


——– (1986b), “Ginchy: Nationalist Ireland’s Forgotten Battle of the Somme.” An Cossantoir, XLVI, 24- 26.


——- (1986c), “Kilrush, Co. Clare and The Royal Munster Fusiliers – the experience of an Irish town in the First World War,” The Irish Sword, XIV, 268-70.


——– (1989), “Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-19 as historical source material.” Stand To, 27, 6-8.

Irish History Associations Interested In The Great War:

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, C/O Mr Brian Moroney, 11 Ayrfield Court Ayrfield, Dublin 13, Ireland. e-mail:


The Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, 86 High Meadows Gouldavoher, Limerick, Ireland.


The Somme Heritage Centre, 233 Bangor Road, Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland.


The Western Front Association, Republic of Ireland Branch, 49 Killarney Heights, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.


The Connaught Rangers Association, King House Museum, Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland. (Newly established).


The Military History Society of Ireland, Newman House, University College Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.


The Waterford Great War Society, C/O The Dungarvan Museum, St. Augustine Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.