1918 – Ireland and The Great War

From Saturday 8 November 2008, Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ marks the 90th anniversary of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the end of World War One in which 350,000 Irishmen fought and over 30,000 died.

Television viewers can see a moving documentary on the music of World War One featuring evocative performances by Liam Clancy and Jimmy Crowley.  A special edition of Would You Believe tells the heartbreaking story of the soldiers executed by their own comrades and there’s another opportunity to see the powerful Australian film Gallipoli, starring Mel Gibson.  To find out more about TV programmes, go here.

Radio invites members of the public to take part in a series of challenging public debates on Ireland’s part in the Great War, chaired by RTÉ’s Myles Dungan (apply for tickets here). The Thomas Davis Lectures will present Our War, a series of ten lectures on the Great War which are accompanied by an RTÉ / Royal Irish Academy book Our War - Ireland and the Great War. You can find out more about all of the radio programmes here.

RTÉ Libraries and Archives will host a very special online exhibition of audio and video clips in which survivors remember their part in the War. You can find out more about the exhibition here.