The Christmas Truce, 1914 – An Irish Perspective

The Christmas Truce, 1914 – An Irish Perspective

At 11pm on Christmas Eve, a British sentry in the trenches near Picantin rubbed his eyes and stared out across the narrow No-Man’s Land to the German trenches. Sure enough, clusters of lanterns were rising up all along the German parapets. By the time word of this...
Sinking of the RMS Leinster, 1918

Sinking of the RMS Leinster, 1918

  The sinking of the RMS Leinster, just one month before the end of the First World War, remains the single greatest maritime disaster on the Irish Sea. At least 550 people died when a German submarine sank the mailboat on 10 October 1918. The centenary was one of the...
The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 1915

The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 1915

Raimund Weisbach followed the trajectory of the torpedo through his periscope from the U-boat where he was based. It shot off like a dolphin in a perfect straight line towards its target. And then the 19-year-old German watch officer watched as the gyroscopic torpedo...

Asgard & The Howth Gun-Running, 1914

ASGARD & THE HOWTH GUN-RUNNING, 1914 By Turtle Bunbury Shortly before noon on the hot, blue-skied Sunday morning in July 1914, a white sail floated out from behind Lambay Island and began to nonchalantly make its way towards the small port of Howth. Asgard was on...
Death on Bachelor’s Walk, 1914

Death on Bachelor’s Walk, 1914

The first stone struck Major Alfred Haig on the bridge of his nose. The officer stood his ground and considered the large, seething crowd that had been hurling stones and rotten fruit at his men for the past three hours. It was 6:30pm on a hot Sunday evening, 26 July...