Maurice Dease

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Lieut Maurice Dease received his Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery in maintaining his machine gun post despite being wounded five times.

More than a century after he became the first winner of the Victoria Cross in the first World War, Lieut Maurice Dease was remembered in his home vil(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett, director of of military operations for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

For the last century mystery has surrounded the reason why Joseph Mary Plunkett was appointed director of military operations for the Irish Volunteers(...)

Some 300 rugby players joined D Company of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

An exhibition to remember 39 players from Lansdowne rugby club who did not return from fighting in the the first World War will open this evening. The(...)

Thomas Fitzpatrick. Photograph: courtesy Tom Fitzpatrick

The politician who made a career out of being The Man who Shot Liberty Valance turned out not to be the man who shot Liberty Valance, but the newspape(...)

Belgian prime minister Elio di Rupo (right) stands in front of Maurice Dease’s grave in Mons. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

At the stroke of midday in the Belgian town of Mons on Saturday, the church bells of Sainte-Waudru rang out the national anthems of the protagonist(...)

Fallen: a dramatic reconstruction by the war artist David Rowlands is based on accounts of Dease’s defence of the railway bridge at Nimy

One hundred years ago today Lieut Maurice Dease, an Irish soldier serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium, was in charge of a machi(...)

Lieutenant Maurice Dease died of his wounds and is buried in St Symphorien cemetery. President Michael D. Higgins visited the cemetery earlier this month. He  is pictured with Joachim Guack  of Germany, Britain’s Prince William, British PM David Cameron and King Philippe of Belgium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A memorial paving stone to Lieutenant Maurice Dease, the first winner of the Victoria Cross (VC) during the First World War, will be unveiled at Glasn(...)

Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after unveiling a Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will represent Ireland at events on Monday in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War(...)

The tombstone of John Parr, the first British soldier killed in World War I, on August 21st, 1914, at the Military Cemetery of Saint-Symphorien in Spiennes, Mons. Photograph: Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins is to attend an official British commemoration for the start of the first World War at Mons in Belgium. He will be among (...)

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