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From 1914 to 1916: the key battles in conflict

The first half of the war claimed huge numbers of lives in a series of clashes<p>When Arch-duke Franz Ferdinand, heir-apparent to the Austro-Hungarian …

A history of World War One in 10 deadly weapons

The war did not follow expected lines as new technologies ripped up the rule book<p>The Great Powers entered World War I expecting to fight it in much …

'Better to be dissolved and be with Christ...'

Graham Clifford had heard all the stories about his tragic relative from Cork. But he had to travel to France to learn about him, and the Battle of …

What were the causes of such a savage war?

Diarmaid Ferriter examines the rapid descent into a broad conflict<p>Historians have spent decades attempting to establish the reasons for the outbreak …

Shot! The assassination that pushed the world to war

The killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was one of the events that triggered a chain reaction<p>It was a wrong turn on a street in Sarajevo that changed …

Maritime: War at sea and the sinking of the Lusitania

German U-Boats wreaked havoc on passenger liners with the sinking of Lusitania proving major turning point in conflict, says Damian Corless<p>At the …

Strike left Lloyd George's conscription plan in tatters

THE appalling death toll in the trenches of Europe resulted in a manpower crisis for the British Army, and in March 1918 David Lloyd George's …

How Home Rule ended up becoming the first casualty

The Great War changed Irish politics forever, writes Ronan Abayawickrema<p>By entering one war on August 4, 1914, Britain unwittingly postponed another. …

Recruit, recruit, recruit: why the Irish volunteered

Home Rule, adventure and money were key reasons for joining war effort, says Paul Melia<p>The British Army was a volunteer force when war broke out in …

Key players: The ten men who shaped the road to war

Damian Corless profiles the main players from 1914<p><b>1 HORATIO KITCHENER</b><p>As the first British troops marched whistling off to the front in autumn 1914 …

Society: What Ireland was really like in 1914

Life was one of stark contrast across the island, writes Paul Melia<p>IT was a year after the Dublin Lockout and tensions were running high when the war …

Ireland during World War 1: the facts & figures

World War I, 1914-1918, witnessed mobilisation and destruction on a scale the world had never witnessed before.<p>The celebrations that greeted the …

WW1 Newsreel: The key events of the terrible conflict

The key events leading up to, and during, World War 1.<p><b>August 27, 1911</b><p>Angered by a standoff with France over influence in Morocco the previous month, …

Women at War: Ireland's forgotten heroines of the era

From frontline nurses to munitions workers, many Irish women joined the war effort<p>TENS of thousands of women across the island of Ireland threw …

Mementoes of war: treasured items of loved ones

Families have shared some of their most treasured items from those who fought, writes Anita Guidera<p>EVEN as William Andrews was being stretchered off …

Our family at war: Letters sent from the frontline

A remarkable archive of Irish letters depicts a vivid picture of life at war, writes Damian Corless<p>Shortly before the Battle Of The Somme began in …

There can never be shame in remembering Ireland's fallen

Europe was ravaged by World War 1. But perhaps it is only now, with the distance of time, that we are able to appreciate and understand the impact …

We must unlock these stories to learn about ourselves

The reasons Irishmen served in World War I are multifaceted and state remembrance has proved problematic<p>In December 2013, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and …

'Virtually every town and village had someone who died in the war'

As John Meagher discovers, researchers are hard at work digitising the records of Ireland's war dead so that they shall never be forgotten<p>The offices …

Band of brothers: Eight Conlon brothers left for war

We're only now opening up and telling our stories about World War One, writes Anita Guidera<p>EIGHT Conlon brothers from one Sligo family left under the …

So, just who was the 'young Willie McBride'?

Graham Clifford visits the final resting place in France of the famed soldier from County Armagh<p>In a quaint French country graveyard in the village …