Dublin Branch
Western Front Association

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Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month (except for March &  August, when there is no meeting), at the Lecture Theatre at Collins Barracks, doors open at 2.00 pm for a 2.30 start.

Our meetings are open to the general public. We welcome a donation of 3 Euro towards costs (no donation requested for those under 16). There is a raffle (no obligation), we try to make at least one of the prizes relevant to the First World War (book, DVD etc). We come from all walks of life, and range in WW1 knowledge from casual listener to gifted enthusiast. 

Forthcoming Meetings: 

2017  



18 November: Annual joint meeting with the Leinster Regiment Association. The Forgotten Victors: The 2nd Leinsters in the Battle for Vimy Ridge. By Denis Kirby.

Denis is Vice-Chairman, The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) Regimental Association and Chairman of its Ireland Committee, and also a member of the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association

9 December: Irish Golf and Golfers: Experiences of War and Revolution 1914-16. By Bill Gibson.

While golf might have been considered a game for the elderly and privileged in the years preceding World War 1, a significant number of the golfing community in Ireland responded to the call for volunteers at the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. Over 2,000 members of golf clubs throughout Ireland joined the various branches of the British Army, Navy and fledgling Royal Flying Corps in the first years of the War.  This presentation will present an outline of the contribution that Irish golfers made to the war effort in the first two years 1914-1916. 

 
Previous Meetings:

February 2012: Cavalry in the Great War. Michael Carragher.

April 2012: Royal Irish Rifles. Members of the Royal Irish Rifles Association.

May 2012: One Family, Four Soldiers, Three Armies. Trevor Adams.

June 2012: The Problem of Human Remains at Gallipoli. Video. 

July 2012: Researching Irish Soldiers. John Goodman.

September 2012: Fr. William Doyle S.J. M.C. An Irish Padre of the Great War. Carole Hope.

October 2012: Tactics & Strategy of the Great War. Video. 

November 2012: In Search of 2nd Lt. Joseph Lowe MM. Ian Lowe.

December 2012. A trip along the Western Front. From Mons to Verdun. Trevor Adams. 

January 2013. Life as it was lived in the days of war?: Some accounts of the First World War from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Ian Montgomery.

February 2013. Captain Albert Ball VC RFC. Bill Fulton. 

April 2013. Gallipoli - The April Landings. Foster Summerson.

May 2013. 'Barbed Wire Disease'. John Reynolds. 

June 2013. 'Our Silent and Forgotten Guests' WW1 Royal Navy burials in Fingal and locality. David Grundy.

July 2013.'For Right & Glory' Myles Abraham. DCM MM.  Rachel Abraham.

September 2013: 'The UVF and the formation of the 36th (Ulster) Division'. Dr. Timothy Bowman.

October 2013. The Second battle of Ypres, 1915. By John Goodman. 

November 2013. The Story of the 6th Leinsters, Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine.  Ian Lowe.  

December 2013. San Fairy Ann: Motorcycles and British Victory.  Michael Carragher.

January 2014.  The Battle of Le Pilly, 18 - 20 October, 1914.  Michael Desmond.

February 2014. Putting Them in Their Place: Writing Irish Nurses into Factual  Great War Literature.  Alice McDermott.

April 2014. Hidden Stories of the Great War: The Letters of 1916 Project. Susan Schreibman. 

May 2014. World War I and the Connaught Rangers: An overview of the Formation of the Six Battalions, their Engagements and Legacies. Damien Quinn.

June 2014. A talk on German Ace Oswald Boelcke. By Bill Fulton.

July 2014. 1914 And all that: So why was there a First World War? By Trevor Adams. 

September 2014. The Shamrock Fund. By Brian White. 

October 2014.  "Irish Aviators of World War 1". By Joe Gleeson. 

November 2014:  The Leinsters and the Christmas Truce. By Ian Lowe.

December 2014: The Battles of Verdun, St Mihiel and the Argonne: Same place, different years, different armies. By Trevor Adams. 

January 2015: The 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers - The evolution of a New Army Battalion. By Quincey Dougan.

February 2015: Tunnelling on the Western Front. By Rob Fitzmaurice. 

April 2015:  "The Gallipoli Campaign, the Irish Experience and Commemoration". By Mal Murray.

May 2015: "Some Kind Hand" A Cemetery Pilgrimage; the First Two Years". By Steve Binks.

June 2015: "The Men of Wanderers Rugby Football Club" in WW1. By John Goodman.

July 2015: The Machine Gun Corps. By Bill Fulton.

September 2015:Thoroughbred Irishmen: Black Watch Volunteers in Dublin Before the Great War? By Ian Montgomery.

October 2015: 'The [English]man who saved Paris': Two critical days in August 1914"
By Michael Carragher.

November 2015: The Struggle for Hill 55 - The Leinster Regiment, Ypres 1915. By Muiris de Buitleir.

December 2015: Gallipoli - The Final Days. By Foster Summerson.

January 2016: Irish Memorials of the Great War. By Michael Pegum.

February 2016: A Visit to Salonika or how I went to find 2nd Lt Jones and found the 10th Irish Division as well. By Trevor Adams.

April 2016: Irish Nurses in World War 1. By Marie McCarthy.

May 2016: Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli. By Philip Lecane.

June 2016: The Royal Newfoundland Regiment. By Bill Fulton.

July 2016: Initiation by Gas: 16th (Irish) Division at Loos April 1916. By Carole Hope.

September 2016: The life and times of Stillorgan born Gt. War artist, Sir William Orpen. By Dominic Lee AMPA

October 2016: "The 2nd Leinsters, a Battalion of 'The Old Contemptibles', who they were and what became of them. By John Goodman, Chairman, Leinster Regiment Ireland.  

November 2016: The Leinsters, The Somme and a VC. By Ian Lowe.

December 2016: A World Without Men: Women on the Home Front.  By Rachel Abraham.

January 2017: "Polish Legions on the Eastern Front in World War I - History and Legacy" By Marcin Hasik.

February 2017: "Lt. Michael A Higgins; Leinster Regiment. A Family Reminiscence" By Denis Kirby.

April 2017: The Forgotten Soldiers: The story of  Prisoners of War in World War One. By Thomas Murphy.

May 2017:  'Betty Stevenson (and the role of women in the Great War)' By Bill Fulton.

June 2017: "Edward Roe; A Westmeath Old Contemptible". By Ruth Illingworth.

July 2017: 'Finding a lost Leinster'. By John Goodman.

September 2017: 'Toffs in the Trenches (and above them)' By Michael Pegum. 

October 2017: "The Blue Army on the Western Front, 1917-1918" By Marcin Hasik.