1918 RTÉ/RIA The Book



‘‘. . . you went into [a casualty-clearing station] young and light-hearted.  You came out older than any span of years could make you.”

Catherine Black, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, describing her work as a nurse in France during the Great War


“[He] kept me an hour talking of his dead boy.  He read his letters aloud but broke down.  At this rate everybody in a year will be mourning.  I can think of half a dozen already.”

Shane Leslie; Glaslough, Co. Monaghan; 12 November 1914


“One fellow’s brains were shot into my mouth as I was shouting for them to jump for it. I dived into the sea. Then came the job to swim ashore and one leg useless, where I had been shot.  I pulled out a knife and cut the straps and swam ashore.  All the time bullets were nipping around me’

Sergeant J. McColgan describing the assault on Gallipoli, 25 April 1915


“I was waiting for a barm brack & they did not get them in.  I am just sending a cake & butter, but shall send cake & bacon on Friday.  . . . I never prayed as fervently . . . asking the Little Infant Jesus to bring you home safe and unhurt to me.”

Mary Moynihan,Tralee, Co. Kerry; in a letter to her son, Michael; 3 June 1918 (Michael was reported dead on 18 June 1918)


“. . . you will be alright and you might to [sic] be satisfied now and give over your wild ways.”

Roseanne Mooney,Thomas St, Dublin; in a letter to her wounded husband, John c. 1916–17