For the Glory of Ireland


This World War I recruiting poster, published in Dublin in 1915, shows a woman holding a rifle. She gestures to a distant shore in flames labeled "Belgium," as she addresses a man with a walking stick. The caption reads: “Will you go or must I?” Appeals to manly pride, often voiced by women, were a common device used in posters aimed at encouraging men to enlist. The title, “For the Glory of Ireland,” appeals to national pride. Until 1922, when the southern counties seceded to form the Irish Free State, Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. When World War I broke out, many Irish nationalists seeking independence for Ireland urged their compatriots to shun the British war effort. But other Irishmen rallied to the British cause. Between 1914 and 1916, approximately 180,000 Irishmen volunteered to serve in the British armed forces.

Last updated: October 25, 2013