A film screening and background talk on the First World War and role of GAA members will take place at the Tower Museum in Derry~Londonderry on Friday 27 March.

The Green Fields of France, a poetic documentary exploring the role of Irish men who fought and died during the First World War, will be followed by a talk from Donal McAnallen on the role of GAA members who fought during the conflict.

The event is being organised by the Nerve Centre’s Creative Centenaries project in conjunction with Derry City Council’s Museum and Heritage Services. 

The film sees John Banville, Peter Fallon and Frank McGuinness lend their voices to the work of Irish poets Patrick McGill, Francis Ledwidge and Thomas Kettle, all of whom fought during the Great War.

It is estimated that over 300,000 Irishmen fought during the First World War although their involvement has long been a sensitive issue. The work of poets such as Ledwidge and Kettle offers a unique insight into the mind-set of men from Ireland fighting across the Western Front.

Donal will follow the screening with a discussion on the GAA’s ‘Forgotten Gaelic Volunteers’ project, outlining the work of the organisation’s nine month research project to identify members of the organisation from Ulster who died during the war.

Details of the sometime forgotten volunteers will be archived and collated throughout the project which Donal will discuss in detail including some of their findings to date.

The event takes place at the Tower Museum on Friday 27 March at 1pm and is free to attend.

Event Details


Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
BT48 6LU


Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:00

Centenary Event

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Screening: Role of GAA members in war remembered at film screening and talk