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    Groundhog
    Chief of the Diet Tribe

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    Legend has it that the orangemen presented their sashs to the catholics before going over

    Highly unlikely

    Redmond was carried back from the front by members of the 36th....

    True

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  • yooklid
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  • yooklid
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    T'was the brother John. Legend has it that the orangemen presented their sashs to the catholics before going over and that Redmond was carried back from the front by members of the 36th....

    Laters

    -C

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  • Goldie fish
    Tim Horgan

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    Was he not the Home rule Redmond who encouraged irishmen to fight to win the respect of The Crown? Or was it his brother?

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  • Groundhog
    Chief of the Diet Tribe

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    Messines Day

    Messines Day

    This anniversary just passed by on June 7th. Unfortunately I was away from home and thus unable to post on the day. As a prelude to the Battle of Passchendale, an attack was launched on Messines Ridge on June 7th 1917. The 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions were tasked with capturing the village of Witschaete. This was the only occasion during World War One that the two Irish Divisions on the Western Front fought side by side. The most famous Irish casualty of the battle was Major Willy Redmond 5th Bn Royal Irish Regt. 17,000 British and Commonwealth troops died in the attack.
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