World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

World War I's critical role in the success of the movement for Irish national self-determination

Within six weeks of Armistice Day, 100 years ago today, Irish history was changed forever by the result of the 1918 general election

On the day that’s in it, much will be written about the futility of the so-called Great War, and the struggle between the great European imperial powers to survive and dominate each other. Much will also be written about the senseless slaughter of those who joined the colours, particularly here in Ireland, and lost their lives in the mud of Flanders and the baking heat of Gallipoli. And it would be totally wrong of this generation on the centenary of Armistice Day not to remember and honour those Irish men, green and orange, who never came home or who came home injured in mind and limb to a rapidly changing Ireland.

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