The vast majority of the 300,000 men from this island who served in the “war to end all wars” were Catholics, as were the majority of the more than 49,000 Irishmen who died in the conflict.
Of the 32 Irish Jesuit chaplains who served on the battlefields of France, Belgium, Egypt and Mesopotamia, four were killed and two died from illness.
“I think John McCrea would be horrified to think that this symbol could become a symbol of division, or national identity, or even a fashion statement. It is quite simply a symbol of memorial, of the grim reality of the terrible loss of life.”
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr Eamon Martin has said that Ireland’s history of conflict meant many Catholics killed in the First World War were not “adequately” remembered.
Researching the life of Daniel Mannix, 85 year Brenda Niall, who knew Archbishop Mannix personally, was surprised to find how liberal his views were on most issues.
"May God preserve the memory of the Armenian people. Memories should not be watered down or forgotten; memory is a source of peace and of the future."
Aim of Somme centenary pilgrimage is to instil “A sense of the futility of war and the importance of friendship, peace and understanding” - Primate.
Pilgrimage commences with prayers at the Memorial Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin this morning and concludes at the Peace Park in Messines, Belgium.
There is not a village, or town, in any county in Ireland that did not suffer losses in World War I - Revd Michael Roemmele in his homily at St Patrick's Cathedral.
Fr Francis Gleeson was “a priest with extraordinary human qualities; a humble priest whose faith enabled him to do great things in war and peace”: Archbishop Martin.