Ulster, Ireland and the Somme

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Ulster, Ireland and the Somme tells the story of the relationship between Ulster, Ireland, and the Somme area of northern France, which has now endured for nearly a century. The 1916 Battle of the Somme is a key event in Irish memory of the Great War, and thousands of people from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic visit the area each year, but the history of the landscape and the memorials they see has never been told in any detail until now.


Catherine Switzer hold a PhD in history from the University of Ulster, and an earlier work Unionists and Great War Commemoration in the north of Ireland, 1914-1939 was published in 2007 by Irish Academic Press. The Belfast Newsletter described this book as “A little gem . . . a tremendously well-researched and argued book." She has also written a series of academic journal articles on conflict commemoration, and has a weekly column in the Newtownards Chronicle which has met with unprecedented levels of response from readers.