World War Ireland Exhibition
National Library of Ireland

World War Ireland 1914-1918 exploring the Irish experience.


The exhibition World War Ireland 1914-1918 focuses on the unique aspects of the Irish WWI experience. Running from November 2014 through to 2018, the exhibition draws on the National Library of Ireland's collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters, newspaper reports, cartoons, handbills and leaflets dating from 1914-1918.

In 2016, the exhibition highlights Irish involvement in the Battle of the Somme. Film and graphic panels explore the front line experiences endured by the men of the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) Division at the Somme, against the context of the Easter Rising and its aftermath. Original collection items demonstrate the complex involvement of individual Irish families.