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Slideshow: Irish World War I recruitment posters

National Library of Ireland’s archive shows the emotional, moral and practical pressure put on Irish men to join the ranks in the ‘Great War’.

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY of Ireland is taking part in a Europe-wide attempt to digitise memorabilia from World War I.

It has called on any members of the public who have documents, images or souvenirs of a relative who might have been involved in WWI to bring them to the Library in Dublin tomorrow to be recorded for posterity. Over 200,000 Irish people fought in the British forced during the 1914-1918 period.

These posters – reproduced here with kind permission of the National Library of Ireland – show how Irish men were recruited to British forces in that time, and hint at possible motivations for them taking up the call:

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