In this extract from the 1966 documentary 'And in the Morning', men who served in the First World War give their reasons for enlisting.

Who were the Irish men who went to serve in the British Army during the First World War? What was their motivation?

In this extract the voices of some of those Irish men who survived the Great War outline why they joined up. The reasons vary from being a supporter of John Redmond, family tradition and belief in a duty to defend small nations.  

This documentary was broadcast in 1966 which was also the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising an event that was commemorated nationally by events countrywide and programmes on radio and television. 'And in the Morning' attempted to look at why so many Irish men served and died in the British army in a foreign war when other Irish men were rising against Britain in Dublin.