Joseph OʼBeirne was from Kilnamonagh near Collooney, Co. Sligo.
He was a devoted Roman Catholic all his life and a member of the Knights of Columbanus and a member of the Teeling Football team.
In 1910 he applied unsuccessful for a job as a rent collector with the Sligo Rural District (Image 2) and so in 1911 like so many men of the county who were unable to find employment he emigrated to America and settled down to a new life in New York.
In August 1917 he was conscripted into the US Army and joined up with the Co.D, 60th Infantry, Division 5 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
He was one of the first to receive the draft and by all accounts made a good soldier.
In early 1918 the 60th Infantry were moved across the Atlantic to France for combat duties. By November of that year Private Joseph OʼBeirne found himself in Verdun, France. He wrote his last letter home on the 5th November 1918.