At least 3,000 Irishmen lost their lives at Gallipoli during one of the greatest Ottoman victories of the Great War and one of the Allies' biggest failures.
A new documentary “Gallipoli – Ireland’s forgotten Heroes” is now available worldwide on RTÉ Player International (for the next 21 days).
Journalist David Davin-Power, whose grandfather fought at Gallipoli during Winston Churchill’s campaign to force the Ottomans out of the World War One and open the eastern front against Germany, returns to the peninsula in modern day Turkey for a landmark documentary telling the story from an Irish perspective.
Until recently the story of the Irish at Gallipoli remained largely untold, with approximately 3,000 Irishmen dying there, fighting shoulder to shoulder with their Australian and New Zealand comrades. They hadn’t a hope; the young Irishmen in their thousands who entered the deathtrap that was Gallipoli as part of the Allied failed invasion of Turkey during WWI. Today, many lie in unmarked graves which are strewn across this foreign rugged landscape – their memories neglected for far too long. A battle scar etched firmly on Australian and New Zealand souls, the documentary follows the story of the horrific conditions and the deaths in the trenches hacked into the hard Turkish soil.
David’s own grandfather – Jack Power from Kimmage, Co Dublin – was one of the lucky ones, one of those who returned, although, like many others, ‘he became a prey to drink.’
Ronan Lee talks about his grand-uncle, a young rugby player who volunteered with his pals and thought he was heading for ‘a great adventure’ but ended up being killed along with many of his friends.
Brother and sister Jim and Mai Carey talk of their grand-uncle who left their family’s Tipperary cottage to emigrate to Australia for a better life but ended up signing up for the Anzacs and losing his life in his first couple of days of fighting.
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