Reasons for Enlisting

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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In this extract from the1966 documentary 'And in the Morning', men who served in the First World War give their reasons for enlisting.

  • Title
    And in the Morning
  • 1st Broadcast
    17/11/1966
  • Contributor
    Peter Kennerley (Producer)
    Brian Cleeve (Script)
    Chris Curran (Narrator)
    John Skehan (Military Commentator)
    Ken Murphy (Camera)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:24
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Reasons for Enlisting
  • Extended description

    Who were the Irish men who went to serve in the British Army during the First World War? What was their motivation?

    In this extract the voices of some of those Irish men who survived the Great War outline why they joined up. The reasons vary from being a supporter of John Redmond, family tradition and belief in a duty to defend small nations.  

    This documentary was broadcast in 1966 which was also the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising an event that was commemorated nationally by events countrywide and programmes on radio and television. 'And in the Morning' attempted to look at why so many Irish men served and died in the British army in a foreign war when other Irish men were rising against Britain in Dublin.

  • Information

    Broadcast on the 17 November 1966 the RTÉ Guide listing for 'And in the Morning' read,

    "Fifty years ago tomorrow, the long drawn-out agony of the battle of the Somme was ending. It had been the greatest battle the world had ever seen, and among more than one million casualties, 5,000 irish men were killed. Dr. Charles Dickson, M.C., was one of those who survived. An RTÉ film crew revisited the battlefield with him this year to tell the story of the Irish at the Somme and to ask why they were there." 

    (RTÉ Guide November 11, 1966 Vol. 3 No. 46 p24)

  • Local keywords
    War, WW1, First World War, The Great War, Wars, Conflicts, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1966
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P21/00066
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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