1—3 August 2014: Commemoration to mark outbreak of World War One and associated events, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Mayo cocoTo mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Mayo County Council organised a series of events on 1—3 August 2014. Thes events began on Friday 1 August, with the launch by Dr Myles Dungan (RTÉ) of an exhibition of First World War memorabilia at Mayo County Library, Castlebar. This was followed by two public lectures; the first, by Dr Ciaran Wallace (TCD) was entitled ‘Women and children first: the home front during World War One’; the second, by Myles Dungan, was entitled  ‘Lions, donkeys and Paddies: the Irish experience of the Great War’.


That evening there was a performance of Brendan MacQuaile’s play March away my brothers, based on the wartime experience of a young man from Dublin’s Liberties, at the Linenhall Theatre in Castlebar.  On Saturday 2 August an open day was held at the Mayo Peace Park, which was also the venue for an ecumenical, multi-faith commemorative ceremony on Sunday 3 August 2014. The event was also addressed by Mr Kevin Myers.


From Century IrelandThe outbreak of the First World War and the Irish political response to the outbreak of war.


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