“Adopt a WWI Soldier” TRIP TO FRANCE

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

A group of students will visit the Somme battlefield region of northern France in late June 2015. A total of 32 students from all over the island of Ireland will undertake this trip.

Each student will “adopt” a soldier from his/her native county who died in the First World War. During the visit each student will visit either the grave or monument in the Somme region to honour the memory of his/her soldier.

A student from each county on the island of Ireland shall be chosen to go on this unique trip which will also include a visit to the European Parliament.

The project is open to students with an interest in History in either Transition Year or 5th Year in the Republic of Ireland or in Years 12/13 in Northern Ireland.


If you are interested in joining the trip you must write a 250-300 word application stating why you should be chosen to represent your county in this project. Have you any special talents which you have which could contribute to the experience, for example, music, writing, art, photography



  • You will be required to carry out research on a soldier from your county whose name you will be given by the selection committee.
  • You will be assisted in making contact with the relatives of this soldier.
  • You will be required to sign a commitment form and return a financial contribution of €100/£80. This is the total amount you will have to pay towards the cost of the trip.


The trip is being part funded by Saffron Travel (www.saffrontravel.org) and an application for EU funding has also been submitted. Other terms and conditions apply (insurance, references, etc.) and these will be made available to the successful candidates when selected


Application forms available from Ms Gillespie


Closing date for applications:  24th October, 2014


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