World War I Tours

On the Trail of the Irish Soldier


Joe Walsh Tours in association with Military Heritage Tours is proud to offer Irish families the opportunity to honour the many fallen Irish soldier – your grandfathers – by visiting the battlefields, cemeteries and museums associated with where they fought and fell during the Great War – the World War I (1914-1918).

During WWI 230,000 Irishmen volunteered for service in the British Army. The Ypres Salient and the Somme bear testimony to these men and many thousands of Irish graves and memorials here remember these Irish soldiers, 50,000 of whom were killed. Our Military & Heritage tours present the history of the Great War from the perspective of the Irish soldiers and focuses on their contribution to the allied forces.

Guided by retired Irish Army Officers – Captain Donal Buckley & Colonel Dick Heaslip, these tours are pitched both at the novice, the expert and those who wish to visit family graves and war memorials of interest.

Private family tours are also available. Please give our experienced Military & Heritage Tours specialists a call on 01 241 0800 or email info@joewalshtours.ie to enquire and we will tailor-make a private heritage tour to accommodate your family’s special requests.

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Destinations


Ypres
The Ypres Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when the allied forces succeeded in securing Ypres, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The campaign claimed many lives before it finally came to a close in November 1917 with the capture of Passchendaele... read more

Somme
The Somme battlefields are covered with memorials to units and individuals that fought and died there in 1916. Whilst nearly 100 years have passed since the battles, the region is relatively unchanged, with opposing trenches that still silently face each other offering visitors a real feel of what the battlefields must have looked like.... read more

Gallipoli
The Gallipoli campaign took place between February 1915 and January 1916 in an effort to take the Dardanelles from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany and Austria... read more

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