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Friday, 17 April 2015

Two Gallipoli exhibitions open in Dublin next week

Two complementary exhibitions, Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915 and Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War, will be on display in the Dublin Room at Dublin City Library and Archive from Monday 20 April to Friday 29 May.

Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915

The exhibition had been curated by Dublin City Archives and draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It will give an overview of the failed 1915 Campaign by the Allies and use diaries, photographs and correspondence to highlight the personal experiences of a number of Irish-born World War 1 soldiers who fought in Gallipoli.

Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War

The Gallipoli Campaign is known in Turkey as "Çanakkale Savaşı", the Battle of Çanakkale. This photographic exhibition has been funded by the Turkish Embassy in Ireland in remembrance of the gallantry and friendship that flourished on Turkish land. It reflects not only the military aspect of the Battle of Çanakkale as but also the humane relationship between the soldiers on both warring fronts.

The exhibitions are free to explore

* If you are particularly interested in Gallipoli and Irish involvement in the campaign, you'll also want to know that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a dedicated and informative Gallipoli section to its website.

* You should also check out Irish Genealogy News's current Events list as there are a number of talks and services being held in Ireland over the next week or so.