Irish Battalions on the Western Front

During the First World War, the British Army included approximately 200,000 Irish soldiers, many of whom joined up after the war broke out in 1914. Irish regiments fought in battles across Europe during the war, and thousands of those soldiers never returned home.

Dr. David Murphy is a Lecturer in the Department of History at Maynooth University and a researcher with the university’s Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies. A graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Dr Murphy is also a member of the Ormonde Military History Society and the Society for Military History.