World War One At Home On Radio Ulster

World War One At Home On Radio Ulster

As part of World War One at Home series, BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle introduces a series of short programmes marking the centenary of the Great War. Ranging across the UK and Ireland, each programme focuses on a particular place that played its own small part in the global conflict. The series is introduced by Helen Mark. Find hundreds more stories from the UK & Ireland at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww1

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  • 14 Nov 2014 Farnham and Nugent, County Cavan

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The Great War, like previous conflicts, saw many members of what might be called the Irish landed gentry serve as officers in the British Armed Forces. This military tradition was particularly strong in and around County Cavan, which between 1914 and 1945 alone produced SiX Field Marshalls, ELEVEN Generals and SEVEN Admirals – as well as some other historic names. Two neighbours in Cavan - Lord Farnham and Sir Oliver Nugent - would find their lives entwined not just in the First World War but also in the Home Rule crisis.

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  • 13 Nov 2014 Scouts Harvest, McMordie Scout Hall, Belfast

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    By 1918 - the last year of the war - so many men had left home to fight that farmers faced a struggle to bring in the flax harvest. As a result, the Flax Society asked the Scouting movement for help. Fifty boys from Belfast answered the call, heading to the station to catch the train to the country and days of gruelling field work. They set up camp at Tullymurry in County Down and spent two weeks doing what some said was “the hardest work of their lives” – pulling and stooking the flax.

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  • 12 Nov 2014 Shamrock League, Limerick

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The Shamrock has been synonymous with Ireland for centuries. But less well known is the role it played during the First World War in raising spirits AND funds for, amongst others, the Red Cross. Limerick historian Liam Irwin takes up the story of the Countess of Limerick and the Shamrock League.

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  • 11 Nov 2014 St Malachy's Church, Belfast

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    St Malachy’s, on Alfred Street close to City Hall, is one of Belfast’s oldest Catholic Churches and is perhaps best known for its beautiful vaulted ceiling and mosaic floor. But situated discreetly on a wall inside the church is a rare memorial plaque honouring those who gave their lives in the Great War.

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  • 10 Nov 2014 HMS Viknor, Ballycastle

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The ruins of Bonamargy Friary perch against the skyline on the County Antrim coast between Ballycastle and Fair Head. Here, in the corner of the quiet cemetery, lie the graves of some of the men who perished at sea while serving on HMS Viknor. The Royal Navy cruiser was last contacted on the 13th January 1915, during stormy weather near Tory Island in Donegal.

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  • 08 Aug 2014: Sphagnum Moss, Co. Kildare

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Amazingly absorbent and antiseptic sphagnum moss from the Bog of Allen, and other bogs, was used to make medical dressings for the Home Front and the battlefield.

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  • 07 Aug 2014: Harland and Wolff, Belfast

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Subterfuge was alive in Harland & Wolff during the war when the Belfast shipyard disguised ordinary cargo vessels as battleships.

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  • 06 Aug 2014: Andrew's Mill, Comber

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Finest quality linen yarn from Comber in County Down covered the wooden frames of fighter planes, inspiring the assertion that the war was won on Ulster wings.

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  • 05 Aug 2014: Ballyclare Comrades, Co. Antrim

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Ballyclare Comrades in County Antrim is one of the few existing football teams that can trace its formation back to soldiers returning from the Western Front.

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  • 04 Aug 2014: Royal Irish Fusiliers, Carrickfergus

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Great friendships were sparked in Carrickfergus with the wartime influx of Royal Irish Fusiliers from Cavan and Monaghan.

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