First troops leave Dublin for war
Battalions of soldiers last night left Dublin for England and then for war.
A special steamer sailed from the North Wall bringing men from different companies and different regiments.
All week men who have been mobilised have been departing Dublin, with huge crowds turning out on the docks to bid farewell.
There were emotional scenes as women and children said goodbye to husbands, fathers and brothers.
Stretches of the quays have been completely cleared for the embarkation of soldiers.
Everywhere are hung signs that read ‘To the Embarkation Quay’.
Following those signs are now constant streams of soldiers, sailors and reservists coming to offices.
Ships belonging to the London and North Western Railway and to the City of Dublin Company are being used for military purposes.
Normal passenger traffic between the North Wall, Kingstown, Greenore and Holyhead has been suspended at least until 10 August.
Meanwhile, 350 officers and men of the Royal Irish Rifles under the command of Lieut. Col. McCammond left from Belfast.
Earlier in the afternoon a service was held at Belfast Cathedral when the colours of the Norfolk Regiment were placed in the custody of the Church authorities for the duration of the war.
Most of the leading military and political figures in the city attended the service. Ulster Volunteers had lined the streets leading to the Cathedral as a mark of honour.
Many thousands of soldiers are expected to leave from Dublin and Belfast over the next week.