CASTLEBLAYNEY COLLEGE STUDENT TO REPRESENT CO MONAGHAN ON NATIONAL WWI COMMEMORATIVE TRIP TO SOMME

28 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Castleblayney College student, Kyle Mc Gee, has been chosen to represent Co Monaghan on the ‘Adopt a WWI Soldier’ commemorative trip to the battlefields of the Somme in northern France next year.

The trip, which will take place from June 26th-29th, will see 32 students, one from every Irish county, travel to the graves and memorials of soldiers that they have researched. The project is the brainchild of Glenties teacher, Gerry Moore. Gerry, whose great-uncle died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, has been taking Transition Year students to the Somme region for ten years. However, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, he decided to organise a nationwide search for students to represent each county, north and south of the border. Transition Year and Fifth Year students all over the country were invited to write a 300 word application, outlining why they should be chosen to represent their county. The project was launched at the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland annual conference in Waterford at the start of October.

Kyle is delighted to have been chosen to represent County Monaghan and is looking forward to researching soldiers from the area who died during WWI. A keen History student, he became aware of the involvement of people from Monaghan in the Great War through a talk given by local historians as part of the Castleblayney Fair Day celebrations. Paul Shortt and Patrick Hanratty spoke to Transition Years in Castleblayney College about soldiers from the Castleblayney area who …

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