At least forty thousand Irish men and woman died as a result of the First World War. Thousands more were wounded and families and communities across the country directly and deeply affected by the conflict. That alone makes it a hugely significant event in our history. Furthermore, it is impossible to understand why the Easter Rising occurred and the way that the Irish Revolution developed without reference to the war.
Dr Brian Hanley ia s native of Limerick and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured at a number of universities in Ireland and Britain and written extensively on Irish labour and republican history in publications such as History Ireland, Saothar, and Irish Historical Studies. He is the author of The IRA, 1926-1936 (Dublin, 2002), The IRA: A Documentary History, 1919-2005 (Dublin, 2010), and, with Scott Milla, The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party (Dublin, 2009).