Cavan County Museum remembers ‘The Christmas Truce of 1914’

‘We were walking between the trenches. At any other time this would have been suicide; even to show your head above the parapet would have been fatal, but tonight we go unarmed (but a little shaky) to meet our enemies’

Cavan County Museum remembers ‘The Christmas Truce of 1914’


Sunday 14th December 2014 at 4 p.m.


Cavan County Museum is holding a Christmas event to mark the centenary of one of the most powerful events of The First World War: the unofficial truce engaged in by some of the troops on the front line in 1914. In spite of the battles that had raged in the early months of the war for a brief period over Christmas some troops put down their weapons and even went so far as to meet up in no-man’s land.

‘The Irish Rifles, with their national sense of humour, answered the enemy’s salutations with songs and jokes and made appointments in no-man’s land for Christmas day.’

Crosserlough Choral Society will perform followed by a talk on the truce before moving out to the Trenches for an interpretation of the Christmas Truce incorporating sound and lighting.