Shot At Dawn Campaign Irl


24 September 2001: Shot at Dawn Memorial Grove: National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, UK:

11 December 2003: Dail Debates – (Irish) Shot at Dawn Campaign:

17 February 2004: “Irish Shot at Dawn Campaign Petition Launched” by Journalist Andrew Bushe:

21 March 2004: The Guardian: UK acts to clear shot Irish troops: Files switch raises pardons hope after First World War executions:

28 April 2004: “Different Spanks for Different Ranks” by Journalist Andrew Bushe:

02 May 2004: Ireland on Sunday: One Law for the Lions, Another Law for the Donkeys:

24 October 2004: The Times (London): Comment by Sue Denham: Shot at Dawn campaign moves closer to clearing executed men:

October 2004: Report into the Execution of the 26 Irishmen Shot at Dawn by the British Army during WW1: Department of Foreign Affairs Dublin:

13 November 2004: The Guardian:  Pardon plea for Irish volunteers shot in trenches: Relatives appeal to Blair over soldiers who suffered rough justice in first world war:

17 November 2004: Dail Debates: Execution of Irish Born Soldiers:

Jan/Feb 2005: History Ireland: Shot at dawn; Justice does not have an expiry date:

11 November 2005: Irish Times: “Shared history can build a shared future” by Dermot Ahern TD,  Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs:

28 and 29 November 2005: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body: Thirty-First Plenary Conference Edinburgh: At the request of the Shot at Dawn Campaign Irl: Pardons issue raised by Irish members Senator Brian Hayes FG and Senator Paschal Mooney FF at the Edinburgh meeting of the British-Irish Inter-parliamentary Body:

29 March 2006: Irish Times: Ahern to press UK on pardons for shot soldiers:

05 November 2006: Irish Independent: Official pardon at last for 26 Irish soldiers ‘shot at dawn’:

08 November 2006: RTE TV News: Minister Ahern TD welcomes Pardons for Irishmen:  

08 November 2006: Service Personnel (Men and Boys) Executed for Military Offences during WW1 Pardoned: THE SHOT AT DAWN:

10 November 2006: Irish Shot at Dawn: RTE TV ‘Seoige and O’Se’ interview with Peter Mulvany Coordinator Shot at Dawn Campaign Irl and Christy Walshe Grandnephew of Irish Shot at Dawn Soldier Private Patrick Joseph Downey. In November 2006 the British Government, with the support of the Irish Government, initiated pardoning legislation effecting those Shot at Dawn for military offences during the great war.  

December 2006: Issue 36: Dublin Bus Magazine- Fighting For Pardon:

December 2006: Empire State Hibernian: Newsletter published Quarterly by the New York State Board Ancient Order of Hibernians in America:  At pages 5 + 6 a contribution by Historian Mike McCormack on the Irish Shot at Dawn:

Jan/Feb 2007: History Ireland: Shot at Dawn Campaign:  

11 November 2007: French Honour Irish Born WW1 Soldier Shot at Dawn:

11 November 2007: French Honour Irish Born WW1 Soldier Shot at Dawn: Video:

10 November 2008, 10.35pm: 1918 Would You Believe: Shot At Dawn: RTÉ TELEVISION FACTUAL: The Would You Believe team look at the tragic death of 26 Irish soldiers who were “shot at dawn” on the battlefield by the British army during World War 1 for various offences.

18 November 2014 – Dublin – Remembering the Shot at Dawn 1914-18: As 2014 commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, it was deemed an appropriate time to remember those who were executed and subsequently pardoned in 2006. Consequently, on Tuesday 18th November 2014 at approximately 10.15 hrs journalist Mr George MacIntyre accompanied by his wife Nancy, along with Mr Derek Dunne, a relative, and a retired member of the Irish Defence Forces, visited the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, and placed a wreath on behalf of the National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland at the altar stone, in memory of all the Shot at Dawn 1914-1918. The Wreath Inscription reads as follows: “Remembrance: “What we do for ourselves alone dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal “- Albert Pine: Your sacrifice will never be forgotten as long as we remain to speak on your behalf ( The National Union of Journalists (Great Britain and Ireland)”. Piper Stefan O’Reilly formerly with the Irish defence Forces piped two laments and Ode to the Fallen was recited in several languages, including Irish. George was formerly deputy night editor of the Newcastle Journal and when secret court martial papers were made available in 1990 by the British government, it was his article about the executions of young under age soldiers that instigated the Shot at Dawn Pardons Campaign in the UK. The Shot at Dawn Campaign Irl launched in 2002 along with the Shot at Dawn Pardons Campaign in the UK, and with the support of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, together persuaded the British Government to introduce a resolution to the Pardons issue in 2006. The addendum to the Irish WW1 records now contains the names of our 26 Irish Shot at Dawn. (a copy donated to the War Memorial is on display in the book rooms). Throughout the campaign effort it was the NUJ and their members in Ireland, the UK and Journalist’s worldwide who continually spoke up for those who lie in peaceful silence on the various battlefields of World War One. It was their constructive analysis which contributed to the successful conclusion of the Shot at Dawn Campaign effort in 2006. Gratitude is expressed to Journalists, members of the National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland, and all writers of record for their valued contribution which assisted the WORLDWIDE TEAM EFFORT to effectively turn British Military History on its head. Many historians and commentators said the British Government would never move on the issue. Shot at Dawn Campaigners proved the impossible was possible.

Irish WW1 General Guilty of Desertion:

British Army Officers Pardoned by the King WW1:

BIBLIOGRAPHY: “Death sentences passed by courts of the British Army 1914-1924”: “Shot at Dawn: Executions in WWI by Authority of the British Army Act”:


Last Update: 03 May 2021