Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Tragedy of the Great War still reverberates today

It was the war that was supposed to end all wars, but sadly that has not been the case in the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Yet the heroism and sacrifice of the men who fought in the trenches – including the thousands from Northern Ireland – remains as a benchmark for all those who take up arms in defence of their country. Today, we tell the remarkable, and little known, story of how 12 of those heroes were given an island on Lough Erne as a reward for their service.

Some evidently were underwhelmed at the gift but others forged a new life for themselves after the horror of war. There are other tales too of those who fought in that conflict and it is right that we still remember them, for we owe them a debt that can never be repaid.

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