Relief and elation followed by battle fatigue, alienation, occasional victimisation and silence. Memory became the province of Ulster.
In the face of such enormous loss and horror, claims of victory or defeat seem irrelevant, almost sacrilegious. When the fighting finally drew to a close many combatants were too tired to feel much to cheer about.
In the Republic of Ireland public recognition for those who fought in the First World War would be slow to come.