On Thursday 25 September local historian Dr Donal Hall will give a talk entitled “From Home Rule to World War”, Dundalk in 1914 at the county library Dundalk at 6.30pm.
Dr Hall has written a number of publications on World War 1 and County Louth, including World War 1 and Nationalist Politics in County Louth 1914-1920 and The Unreturned Army, County Louth Dead of the Great War 1914-1918, a work that has been highly acclaimed.
It is now regarded as the definitive work on Louth in World War One.
Dr Hall was also the author of the recent World War One supplement produced by the Dundalk Democrat.
By the summer of 1914, Ireland teetered on the edge of civil war. With the passing of the Home Rule bill, nationalist and loyalist militias were arming to fight for or against implementation while the British Government desperately sought a compromise. Dundalk with its major army base and traditional support for Ulster Nationalists, was likely to be deeply involved in any conflict.
Instead when no one was looking, the world was plunged into a World War taking Ireland and Britain with it.
This lecture will examine how the people of Dundalk reacted to the events of 1914 which were to trigger a decade of cataclysmic change at home and abroad.
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