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BBC series will explore Lough Swilly’s WWI role

A stills photo of Lough Swilly taken during World War One from the collection of James Deeny, Rathmullen. Lough Swilly provided shelter for the entire British Grand Fleet in the autumn of 1914.

A stills photo of Lough Swilly taken during World War One from the collection of James Deeny, Rathmullen. Lough Swilly provided shelter for the entire British Grand Fleet in the autumn of 1914.

The role of Lough Swilly in World War One will be explored as part of a BBC radio series examining local stories from the Great War.

Part of a BBC wide landmark project of more than 1400 stories, World War One At Home features powerful, fascinating and moving stories linked to places across the UK and Ireland in a way never told before.

Lough Swilly’s importance as a shelter for the entire British Grand Fleet in the autumn of 1914 will feature on Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle on Thursday, February 27 at 11.55am and again at 11.50pm.

Fergus Keeling, BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Radio, said: “World War One at Home offers a fascinating glimpse into life 100 years ago during the war years throughout Ireland. They shed light on familiar places we know and love, places right on our doorsteps.

“The stories will all be available online at www.bbc.co.uk.ww1 where they can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

During the course of the series, World War One at Home will travel across Ireland in space and time, visiting, among other locations, an airship mooring station in Whitehead, a military training camp in Donegal, a shop in Omagh that made bespoke bicycles for soldiers and a camp for German prisoners of war in Tipperary.

It also steps into the old courthouse in Lurgan where lonely soldiers’ wives were accused of drunken behaviour, and delves into the lead mines at Conlig where a suspected German spy was apprehended with binoculars, maps and codes. The stories also examine how a well-known brewery made its contribution to the war effort.

The stories will also be available online to complement the broadcasts and to ensure they will live on for years to come. These will be available via bbc.co.uk/ww1, where you can also find interactive guides, slide-shows, archive film, recruitment posters and links to a wealth of extra information.

 

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