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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Recent episodes (10)

  • 02 May 2015 Lusitania's Mass Graves

    Sat, 2 May 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The Cunard ocean liner – once the world’s biggest ship – was just off the south coast of Ireland when she was torpedoed by a German U-boat, claiming the lives of almost 1,200 men, women and children.The sinking caused outrage. More than 150 of those who died were buried in the Old Church Cemetery.

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  • 01 May 2015 Howth Harbour

    Fri, 1 May 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    In April 1914 – months before Britain declared war on Germany - Sir Edward Carson’s Ulster Volunteers moved to resist Home Rule for Ireland by smuggling thousands of guns into Larne. In response, Irish Nationalists hatched a plan to do the same and land arms at Howth harbour in County Dublin for the use of the Irish Volunteers.

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  • 30 April 2015 It's a long way to Tipperary

    Thu, 30 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The ear-catching melody and poignant chorus of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” have become synonymous with the Great War. However, although connected with Ireland, in spite of its title, the song’s origin has nothing to do with Tipperary.

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  • 29 April 2015 Oldcastle Internment Camp

    Wed, 29 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914, Germans and other foreign nationals living in Ireland, faced arrest and internment as “enemy aliens”. Men from all over Ireland were detained, and held at a camp in Oldcastle in Co. Meath.

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  • 28 April 2015 Royal Hibernian Military School

    Tue, 28 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    For over 150 years, the sons of soldiers in the British Army, serving in mostly Irish regiments, were educated and trained in The Royal Hibernian Military School with the expectation that they would follow their fathers into military service.

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  • 27 Aprul 2015 Belfast Met.

    Mon, 27 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    During the Great War The Belfast Municiple Technical Institute was a college by day and a war factory by night, involved in an astonishing array of activities from baking bread to checking hand grenades.

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  • 26 April 2015 GPO

    Sun, 26 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    The headquarters of the Irish Post Office, the GPO in Dublin, is famous for the central role it played in the 1916 Easter Rising but during the First World War, it was the bustling hub of a vital communications.

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  • 25 April 2015 Occult Prosecutions

    Sat, 25 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

    In 1916, midway through the war, Court Number One in the Belfast Summons Court was the scene of an unusual case – that of a fortune teller who was prosecuted for claiming to predict the fate of soldiers fighting on the Western Front

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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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