Two new exhibitions: ‘Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915’ and ‘Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War’ open today at 2:30 p.m.

Two new exhibitions relating to the Gallipoli campaign will open at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 today. H.E. Dr. Ruth Adler, Australian Ambassador to Ireland and H.E. Mr. Necip Egüz, Turkish Ambassador to Ireland in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke will open the exhibitions which mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
Relatives of those featured in the exhibition will be in attendance at the opening with Tom Burke, Chair of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.  The exhibitions will be on display at Dublin City Library and Archive from 22nd April to 29th May 2015. Admission is free, no booking required.
The Lord Mayor said,"I commend Dublin City Library and Archive for developing 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' to commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of Irishmen at Gallipoli during World War One. It is entirely appropriate that the space is shared with the poignant ‘Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War’ which explores similar themes of bravery, hardship and loss. Both exhibitions viewed side by side reflect the shared sadness and history which links all nationalities who participated in the Great War”
‘Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915’ was developed by Dublin City Councils Public Libraries Service. It is funded by the Dublin City Council Commemorations Committee and draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It gives an overview of the failed 1915 campaign by the Allies and uses diaries, photographs and correspondence to highlight the personal experiences of a number of Irish -born World War One soldiers who fought in Gallipoli and other campaigns. 
H.E Dr. Ruth Adler, Australian Ambassador to Ireland said, "I am honoured to launch 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915', in the lead-up to the ANZAC Day commemorations on 25 April.  The commemorations this year will be of special significance, as they will mark the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landings at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April 1915. An exhibition of personal diaries, photographs and letters from Irish-born soldiers who served at Gallipoli is a very powerful way of learning about what the people involved in the Gallipoli campaign experienced. I encourage everyone to see the exhibition.”
The Gallipoli Campaign – is known as "Çanakkale Savaşı" (Battle of Çanakkale) in Turkey. ‘Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War’ is a photographic exhibition, which has been funded by the Turkish Embassy in Ireland in remembrance of the gallantry and friendship that flourished on Turkish land. It reflects not only the military aspect of the Battle of Çanakkale but also the humane relationship between the soldiers on both warring fronts.
H.E. Necip Egüz, Turkish Ambassador to Ireland said: “The result of the Çanakkale Battles was one of the determinants of the outcome of the WWI and the subsequent War of Independence of Turkey. Known as the last “gentlemen’s battle” of the 20th century despite enormous casualties, the Battle of Çanakkale is unique in terms of respecting military codes of conduct and ethics which led upholding humanitarian values even at the time of war.”

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Additional Information:
Relatives attending the opening who are available for interview:
Mrs. Marie Dunne, (aged 87). Her father Sapper Jim Burrowes joined the Royal Engineers and he was responsible for setting out mines in the trenches.  He survived the War, but contracted malaria which affected his health for remainder of his life.  He scribbled notes in his Small Soldiers book about his experiences. Three of his brothers were killed on the Western Front during WWI.
Eugene Larkin. His relative was Private John Dowling, a military career man and adventurer, who emigrated to Australia, and joined the Anzac army at aged 41, and served in Gallipoli.  Prior to joining the Anzacs, Dowling also served in British Army and Canadian "mounties".
Tom Burke Chairperson of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association



Background
Gallipoli/ Çanakkale was the setting of a brutal World War 1 campaign which lasted from March-Dec 1915 and resulted in huge numbers of casualities and deaths on both sides, amongst them almost 4,000 Irishmen.
‘Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915’features individuals such as the Laois born Private John Dowling who emigrated to Australia only to return to Europe having joined the ANZACS at outbreak of World War 1; the Gunning Brothers from Eniskillen who joined ‘the Pals’, the ‘D’ Company 7th RDF, and kept a remarkable diary of their experiences, and Sapper Jim Burrowes from Co. Offaly, who joined the Royal Engineers and was responsible for setting up mines in Gallipoli.
A public lecture titled ”Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli’ will be given by Philip Lecane, Historian and RDFA Committee Member on the 25 April 2015 at 3pm at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, D2. Admission Free. No booking required. Seats are on first come, first served basis

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