IRELAND'S FORGOTTEN LEGACY In 1914-1918, two hundred thousand Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds went to war. At least thirty-five thousand never came home. Those that did were scarred for the rest of their lives. Many of these survivors found themselves abandoned and ostracised by their countrymen, their voices seldom heard.
The book includes:
The Irish soldier firing the first shot
The first Victoria Cross
Leading the way at Gallipoli and the Somme
North and South fighting side by side at Messines Ridge
Ireland's flying aces
Brothers-in-arms - heart-rending stories of family sacrifice
The lucky escapes of some; the tragic end of others
The homecoming - why there was no hero's welcome
Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College Dublin and works as a creative writing teacher and editor. He is also a playwright and two of his plays, Through the Dark Clouds Shining and From the Shannon to the Somme, are inspired by stories from his book on the First World War. Neil is also a member of the Reserve Defence Forces and his family have a long military tradition stretching back over 150 years. His great-grandfather's experiences in the trenches inspired this collection of Irish veterans' stories.