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Reflections Belgium 2017

Blog post by Shakée Knolle-Akyuez

2017 Visit to Belgium

How we got here.


"Strange" by Hannah Politycki

Einer unter so vielen

"One among so many" by Hannah Politycki


Hannah Politycki writes about her experiences on the trip to Belgium

Trip 2017

June is here and the second MY ADOPTED SOLDIER project is ready to go.

Trip 2017 First Meeting

The 15 selected students for the 2017 project and trip meet for the first time today at Collins Barracks.

My Adopted Soldier Trip 2017

In June 2017, students from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will join students from Liebigschule, Frankfurt am Main in a project to remember soldiers from both sides in World War One.

July 1st 2016 Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

RTE remembers the "my Adopted Soldier" project

my Adopted Student

A poem by David Dunlop, specially written to reflect on the student's experiences on their trip to the Somme in June 2015. Recorded in July 2015 as part of the 'my Adopted Soldier' project.

The War to end all Wars

An original remembrance song following the young Irish men in the Great War. Recorded in July 2015 as part of the 'my Adopted Soldier' project.

My reflections on the Somme trip

Project founder Gerry Moore looks back at an incredible and moving journey to the Somme

Day 4 Trip to the Somme

Monday June 29th - The students travel from Ypres to Brussels for a visit to the European Parliament.

Day 3 Trip to the Somme

Sunday June 28th - The students continue their tour and travel to Ypres to visit the Menin Gate Memorial.

Day 2 Trip to the Somme

Saturday June 27th Based in Albert, the students begin their tour around the graveyards of the Somme

Day 1 Students meet the President

Friday June 26th - Students meet President Higgins before departing to Belgium.

On my way to the Somme

On the eve of the trip, one student describes the process of researching thousands of Irish Soldiers.

The Women of the Great War

Many women served on the front lines as nurses and ambulance drivers, but what about women who fought for their country on the Home Front?


Pigeons of War

'my Adopted Soldier' at Waterford Seminar

South East Students at the Medieval Museum

Official Launch of 'my Adopted Soldier'

32 Students meet in Collins Barracks Dublin