by David O'Flynn
About the Book
The 11 November 1918 marked the end of the First World War and the date has become significant internationally as a focus for remembrance commemorations. There are marked differences in the way this day is commemorated in Ireland even though many Irish soldiers died during the First World War. The poppy, which is the most prominent symbol of this commemoration, was originally meant to signify the futility of war but it has become a politically charged symbol in Ireland. In Northern Ireland commemorating Remembrance Sunday and the laying of poppy wreaths is viewed as a Unionist activity. Commemorations in the Republic of Ireland have always been either low key or non-existent despite the numbers from the Republic who fought and died. In this work the low key ceremony at the War Memorial Gardens in Dublin is contrasted by the formal ceremony in Enniskillen and the unveiling of new gravestones in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. This work also remembers the soldiers buried in Ireland who died on Armistice Day.
I live in Dublin, Ireland. I missed the glorious age of film because I was a late starter in the world of photography and so I have always shot in digital. I have had a number of solo exhibitions, undertaken commissions, both for display and for publication.