Soldiers & Rebels: Tracing Your WW1 and Irish Revolutionary Ancestors

Brian Donovan
Sep 4, 2017
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World War I
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Rebel Records
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The years 1912-23 saw the deaths of over 75,000 from Ireland in armed conflict, from the fields of France to the streets of Dublin. Irish men and women took arms to fight for Irish freedom, to defend the Empire and to liberate Belgium. They joined the UVF, the ICA, the Volunteers, the IRB, the IRA and other radical organisation. Possibly half a million Irish born joined the British, American, Canadian and Australian armies. This lecture will untangle the complexities of the surviving records and what you are likely to find.

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About the speaker

Brian Donovan is the Global Head of Irish Collections at He previously lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s and since then has lectured throughout Ireland and the US on hist
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    Wendy Bond
    2 months ago

    Excellent presentation. How wonderful these documents survived and in many cases been digitised.


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