Irishmen emigrating instead of enlisting condemned

Irishmen emigrating instead of enlisting condemned
The ocean steamship landing stage in Liverpool, from where young men have been leaving for America to avoid military servicePhoto: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Liverpool, 25 October 1915 – British officials have bitterly condemned the number of Irishmen who are emigrating to the United States for the obvious purpose of evading military duty.

One official said: ‘It is a scandal that these men should be allowed to leave the country. They are leaving to escape being soldiers. I have questioned them as to why they are leaving, and all they say is that they are going to meet some uncle or aunt in the States. It is a poor excuse, for it is plain that they don’t want to fight.’

[Editor’s note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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