My name is Megan Guinan, I'm a 16 year old, 5th year student at Our Lady's College , Greenhills. I'm originally from Dublin but I have lived in Louth for 10 years. Over the last 3 years my interest in history has grown rapidly. I began researching my family history, I discovered that my great great grandfather fought in and lived through the Battle of The Somme. Since then I have obtained his discharge papers and character reference, which were burned when his daughter was standing by the fire on her communion day and her dress caught fire, the papers were on the fire place. His daughter sadly died from her injuries. I also obtained the three medals that he was awarded. Discovering all of this information about my family really sparked an interest in researching WWI.
Finding out about the project.
I found out about the project when my history teacher Ms McGorry returned from a history conference and asked if anyone in the class would be interested in applying. The project immediately caught my attention and I decided to apply. When I found out I had been chosen to represent County Louth I was over joyed.
The project was launched on March 7th 2015 in Collins Barracks in Dublin. The representative from each county was present and also the province representative.
We were split into smaller groups according to our provinces, a number of students from each province gave power point presentations on their individual soldiers.
I am delighted to be representing County Louth in this amazing project, and I thoroughly enjoyed conducting my research. If anyone would like to contact me my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . I would be happy to help with any questions people may have.