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    Close to 15,000 Irishmen fought in Gallipoli during World War I.  Almost 4,000 of these soldiers died.   Three quarters of the fatalities served in the Volunteer 10th (Irish) Division.    This is a staggering fatality rate of almost 27%.

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    The History Show Sunday 19 April 2015

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    On this week's programme, we mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign of World War One. Myles is joined by Jennifer Wellington of UCD, Mike Cronin of Century Ireland, Minister of State Aodhan O'Riordáin and Mustafa Aksakal, Associate Professor of History at the  University of Georgetown.

    The Gallipoli Campaign

    This week on The History Show, we mark the centenary of the Great War battles for Gallipoli. 

    120,000 soldiers from the Allied and Ottoman armies died at Gallipoli, amongst them more than three thousand forgotten Irishmen. 

    Casualties were heavy at V Beach (above). Disembarking troops made easy targets for Ottoman machine gunners. Photo: Mike Lee.

    This Tuesday at 10:15pm on RTÉ One Television, a new documentary will explore the forgotten role the Irish played at Gallipoli.  Click below to view the trailer. 


    Gallipoli 100

    The History Show and the organisers of the annual Hay Literary Festival in Kells have joined forces, to launch a commemorative event "Gallipoli 100", marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the ill-fated WW1 Dardanelles campaign.  All events will take place in the Church of Ireland, Cannon St, Kells.  It will run from the 24th to the 26th of April 2015, the centenary of the first landings by troops on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

    The three-day programme of events will commence on the evening of Friday, 24th April with the Francis Ledwidge Memorial Lecture, delivered by the distinguished Irish WW1 historian Philip Orr.

    Click on the links below to view or download more information, and a draft schedule of events.

    Gallipoli 100 Information

    Gallipoli 100 Draft Schedule

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