'Colonel Lynch's Irish Brigade. Young Men of Ireland, the men of your race from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are calling to you from the Western Front.'

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First World War recruitment poster; 'Colonel Lynch's Irish Brigade. Young Men of Ireland, the men of your race from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are calling to you from the Western Front. Don't turn down that call. Join the Brigade now. Maple's Hotel, Kildaire St. Dublin.' One of many recruitment posters focusing the attempt to recreate an Irish Brigade in the British Army – using a historic term, as there had been Irish Brigades fighting in the American and French armies in bygone centuries. Lynch had been a Nationalist M.P. for West Clare and had fought in the Boer war and was deemed to have impeccable Nationalist credentials that might entice Irishmen, post-Easter Rising to join up.