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Who We Are

WW1researchireland evolved from a passion I had for all things relating to the First World War.

Military research has been an interest for a long number of years and began with research into my own relatives who saw service in the Great War in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Royal Irish Rifles, Royal Engineers, Royal Field Artillery, and Machine Gun Corps.
Over the years this interest developed, and led to the decision to write a book documenting the experiences of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the battle of Festubert, May 1915. One of my Great Uncles was killed in this battle, aged 17. This book is due to be published in time for the 100th Anniversary in May 2015.

In researching the book, I was contacted by a number of people interested in finding out more about their relatives, and a hobby became a more time consuming occupation. This led to the decision to set up the company.

I love research! I think of it as finding all the pieces and completing a giant jigsaw puzzle!

I know that there is a lot of interest in Irish servicemen and those of Irish descent who served in the Great War, and I am aware that not everyone has the time to conduct their own research. I will use my experience to do the best that I can for you. I welcome enquiries from anyone, particularly those in Ireland (North and South!), and including those in areas traditionally associated with the Irish diaspora – The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

I have visited and walked the ground of the battlefields of Belgium and Northern France, and hold readership access at the National Archives, Kew, where a lot of the best bits are held!

I have worked in the field of research for 12 years and hold an honours degree in Social Sciences and an MA in Peace and Conflict Study.

I look forward to helping you uncover the past!

Click on 'What We Do' to find out more.

Latest News

  • Book Launched! It Was An Awful Sunday

    "At 1130 pm on Saturday 15 May 1915, men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers advanced to attack strongly held German defences near the village of Festubert in northern France. By the time they were relieved forty-eight hours later near midnight on 17 May, they had sustained 649 … more

  • WW1 Research Ireland - New Website Launched!

    We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the new WW1 Research Ireland website.  The website was designed and developed by Erne Web Design in Enniskillen to provide WW1 Research Ireland with an online presence.  If you need any further information or a quote please contact … more

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  • John, Melbourne, Australia

    I received your pack in the post today. Upon first glance I am absolutely blown away by the information you have assembled. Absolutely outstanding research! more

  • Claire, Cheshire

    I am absolutely over the moon and my dad was also overjoyed. Thank you once again. A VERY happy customer! more

  • Alan, Belfast

    Thank you very much for the very informative package which arrived this morning, am delighted with it. more

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