It also marks the 90th Anniversary of the end of the Irish Civil War.
2014 sees the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War in which an estimated 120,000 to 210,000 Irishmen fought. Around 30,000 to 60,000 paid the ultimate price. Twenty-three Irishmen were awarded the Victoria Cross.
'The virtual disappearance of the World War from the version of Irish History taught to the first generations of the new independent Irish State had the result that few were aware of the extent of Irish participation in the actual fighting.
(Department of the Taoiseach - Irish Soldiers of the First World War.)
'If any question why we died tell them, that our father lied.'