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Forgotten Gaelic Volunteers: GAA Members and the War

7pm Somme Museum

Dr Donal McAnallen's talk will explore the hidden history of members of the GAA who enlisted to fight in the war. It will focus on some of the personal stories of the 150-plus wartime soldiers who have been identified as sometime Gaelic footballers or hurlers, and attempt to explain the factors that led them to volunteer for the front, as well as how the association responded to their enlistment in the light of its standing ban on members of the Crown forces. Finally, it will examine how those returned fared after the war and how they all came to be forgotten.

Cost: £5.00 (including refreshments)

Contact: Booking is essential via: or: 028 9182 3202 Telephone Number: N/a