Denis Kelly a veteran of the Irish Guards explains how he ended up joining the army in 1914 when he was living in England.
- Title Roscommon World War I Veteran
- 1st Broadcast 05/06/1981
- ContributorJim Fahy (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:01:43
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Looking West
- Clip title "What Me Made Join?"
- Extended description
Denis Kelly joined the Irish Guards, "the pride of the British Army" in 1914 while he was living in England. He says of signing up,
"Why did I join? Well I tell you I had nothing at home here. There was nothing in it. No work or no money or nothing. And me father and mother was dead and I said I was probably going to be killed one way or the other. That was it."
An interview with First World War veteran Denis Kelly from Dysart, in Roscommon for the series 'Looking West' broadcast 05 January 1981.
'Looking West' was a series presented by Jim Fahy looking at people, places and events in the west of Ireland.
The photograph accompanying this clip shows John Redmond addressing a recruiting meeting at Wexford in 1914.
The photographer was Joseph Cashman
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- Local keywords First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Denis Kelly, Irish Guards, British Army
- Geographical coverage Ireland, Roscommon, Dysart
- Genre Factual
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ Radio One
- Production year 1981
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier BB3194
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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