"What Me Made Join?"

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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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
  • Contributor
    Jim 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."

  • Information

    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
    © RTÉ Stills Library 0510/068

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Denis Kelly, Irish Guards, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Roscommon, Dysart
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB3194
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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