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As part of WWI 100 Years RTÉ has produced new events and content to mark the 100 years since the start of the World War 1.

Watch, listen and engage with new programming to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of all those involved in the Great War.

Catch up with the WW1 TV programmes on RTÉ Player.

Aired 6th June 2014

Music of World War 1

The John Murray Show, RTÉ Radio 1

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Remembering the music & songs of WW1 that defined that period, with the help of the RTE Concert Orchestra & special guests.

Aired 15th July 2014

The History Show

RTÉ Radio 1

Looking back at the RTE WW1 Roadshow in Trinity College Dublin on 12th July. Hosted by Myles Dungan.

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Week 1 ▼

28th July 2014 19:00–20:00

Nationwide

RTÉ One

The first of three stories on the Irish that fought in WW1. Available in the RTÉ Player until August 19th 2014.

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30th July 2014 19:00–20:00

Nationwide

RTÉ One

The story of Fr Browne’s War. Another First World War special, this time examining a collection of photos found in an Irish cellar which were developed to reveal Irish men on the front line.

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31st July 2014 13:25–14:35

WW1 Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery

RTÉ One

Coverage of this ceremonial unveiling and dedication of a Cross of Sacrifice by President Michael D. Higgins. This event will include Irish and British military bandsmen and marks the start of international events for the centenary of the outbreak of WW1.

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1st August 2014 19:00–20:00

Nationwide

RTÉ One

Irish stories, music and poems of WW1.

2nd August 2014 14:00

Saturday Matinee: Zeppelin

RTÉ One

The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas (Michael York) in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child.

3rd August 2014 14:00

Sunday Matinee: The Blue Max

RTÉ One

World War 1 a German fighter pilot becomes obsessed with the Blue Max his country’s highest honour and ruthlessly sets out to win it.

3rd August 2014 20:00–21:30

Drama on One

RTÉ Radio 1

"Echoes From The Front", and "Signpost to the City" with Joan Sheehy.

3rd August 2014 09.10–10.00

Sunday Miscellany

RTÉ Radio 1

This edition of Sunday Miscellany was recorded as part of the World War 1 Roadshow held in Trinity College Dublin last month. Contributors to this programme, Maurice Cashell, Sally Neary, Mary Morrissy, Gerard Smyth, Sabina Purcell, John MacKenna. The music on the programme, Lamento di Tristano played by Laoise O’Brien (recorder); Táimse I Mo Chodladh played by Ailbhe McDonagh( cello); Sonata in D Minor by Handel played by Laoise O’Brien (recorder) and Michael O’Toole (guitar); John Condon sung by Niamh Parsons accompanied on guitar by Graham Dunne; Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach played by Ailbhe McDonagh( cello)

Week 2 ▼

4th August 2014 07:00–09:00

Morning Ireland

RTÉ Radio 1

Coverage of President Michael d. Higgins and some 30 Heads of State attendance of remembrance ceremonies in Liege, with ceremonies also in Dublin, Belfast and London.

4th August 2014 13:30–15:00

Ireland’s Experience

RTÉ Radio 1

In this five-part series, starting on 4 August, Myles Dungan and guests will be looking at World War One from Ireland's perspective. How the country responded to the outbreak of war, as young men enlisted for a variety of reasons.  We'll be telling the stories of those who served on the front lines. And, finding out how the war affected the lives of those who were left behind.

Ep. 1/5 – Call to Arms: As Europe went to war, what was it really like for Irish people at home and on the front lines? Presented by Myles Dungan.

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4th August 2014 18:01

Six One News

RTÉ One

Broadcast live from Liege, looking at the outbreak of the World War 1 and an interview with President Michael D. Higgins.

4th August 2014 21:35–22:35

My Great War Pt 1

RTÉ One

Descendants of Irish soldiers will journey from Ireland to Europe to hear their history.

4-8th August 2014 23.10

Book on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“How Many Miles To Babylon” by Jennifer Johnston (5 NIGHTS).

5th August 2014 21:35–22:35

My Great War Pt 2

RTÉ One

Continuing family stories that show the wide range of impacts of the war on Irish society.

5th August 2014 22:35-23:35

The Forgotten War? Ireland and World War 1

RTÉ One

John Bowman and guests discuss Ireland’s role in the Great War and its aftermath, and examine whether Ireland has finally come to terms with its enduring legacy.

9th August 2014 14:00-14:45

Documentary on One

RTÉ Radio 1

They Had No Choice – The Irish Horse at War

The horse has been at the heart of Irish life for centuries, but its role, significance and relationship with humans was irrevocably changed during WWI when over 65,000 Irish horses were brought to the front. From the Norman Conquest to the mud of Flanders, a documentary exploring tumultuous times through the experiences of the Irish horse.

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10th August 2014 10:00–11:00

Ireland’s Experience

RTÉ Radio 1

Ep. 2/5 – The Front: The reality for the Irish who died on survived fighting on the Western Front. Presented by Myles Dungan.

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10th August 2014 20:00–21:00

Drama on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“Hec” by Graham Swannell, and “Young Bloods“ by The Corn Exchange.

Week 3 ▼

11-15th August 2014 23.10

Book on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“All Quiet On The Western Front” by Eric Remarque (5 Nights).

17th August 2014 10:00–11:00

Ireland’s Experience

RTÉ Radio 1

Ep. 3/5 – The Home Front: How did the war affect people’s lives here? Presented by Myles Dungan.

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17th August 2014 20:00–21:00

Drama on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“The Milliner and The Weaver” by Marie Jones, and “Young Bloods“ by Fishamble.

Week 4 ▼

18-22th August 2014 23.10

Book on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“The Return Of The Soldier“ by Rebecca West (5 Nights).

24th August 2014 10:00–11:00

Ireland’s Experience

RTÉ Radio 1

Ep. 4/5 – Songs for a lost generation: With singer, Declan O’Rourke and song writer, Eric Bogle. Presented by Myles Dungan.

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24th August 2014 20:00–21:00

Drama on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“Walking the Road” by Dermot Bolger.

Week 5 ▼

25-31th August 2014 23.10

Book on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“The Return Of The Brute“ by Liam O’Flaherty (5 Nights).

31th August 2014 10:00–11:00

Ireland’s Experience

RTÉ Radio 1

Ep. 5/5 – The aftermath: Changed people arrive home to a changed country. Presented by Myles Dungan.

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31st August 2014 20:00–21:00

Drama on One

RTÉ Radio 1

“Ulster Volunteers” by Gary Mitchell.