UCD Archives has just launched a new Twitter timeline tracing the path of former UCD student and Irish soldier Michael Moynihan through various documents and letters home to his family 100 years ago. Moynihan was an Irishman who fought in France in World War 1. Using his correspondence & other original documents, UCD Archives will create a timeline of his time serving, and of concurrent events in Ireland, 1917-18.
Born February 1891, he was educated at the Christian Brothers’ School in Tralee where he won many academic prizes and awards. In 1908 he went to Dublin to study at what subsequently became University College Dublin. In January 1910, after successfully sitting the competitive exams for the Inland Revenue, he joined the civil service and worked in Dublin. He worked in Dublin until 1913 when he was promoted and moved to the Inland Revenue offices at Croydon, near London.
In 1914 he joined the Civil Service Rifles,a unit of the Territorial Army. He remained with his unit & did not return to work after WW1 began. As a territorial unit, the Civil Service Rifles were restricted to home duties within the United Kingdom. But in 1916 he decided to sign up for foreign service; he went to France in June 1916 as a private in the London Regiment. In 1917 he received a commission as a second lieutenant. He then joined the 8th (Irish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment which was fighting in north-east France around Ypres.
This is where the UCD Archives team joins him, through his own letters, and through other documents illustrating events in Ireland during this time. UCD Archives will tweet his letters and other documents several times a week. Be sure to follow the new Twitter feed – @InTheMidst1917 for updates!