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Vox Pop: Should we be commemorating the centenary of World War I?

We asked the public for their view on the marking of the centenary.

THIS WEEK HAS seen the centenary of the start of World War I commemorated across Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.

President Michael D Higgins was in Liège, Belgium to take part in an international commemorative ceremony early in the week. But one of his speeches for those killed in the war, delivered last Thursday in Glasnevin cemetery, was heckled by dissident republican demonstrators.

On Tuesday, the Irish Anti-War Movement launched their booklet ‘World War I: What did they die for?’, which it hopes will debunk some of the myths relating to the war. went down to Wicklow Street in Dublin’s city centre to get the public’s reaction to the commemorations:

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Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan

Related: “They died for nothing”: WW1 ‘revisionism’ criticised

More: The story of my great grandfather who died in WWI: Patrick Carroll, Gunner 100938

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