“The Irish at War – 1914-1918 and the 1916 Easter Rising”
Date Saturday 29th June 2013 Dublin
Islandbridge Irish National War Memorial Gardens – Arbour Hill Cemetery– National Museum Collins Barracks
This year on our joint visit we welcome our colleagues from the FULS to Dublin. The area we are visiting resonates with memories of the Irish involvement in the First World War 1914-1918, the Easter Rrising of 1916 and also touches on the earlier 1798 Rebellion. Almost 50.000 Irish soldiers died fighting with the Allies on the battle fields of Europe “in the defence of small nations”. It is ironic that during this same period, 1916, Irish men and women took up arms against the same ally they were fighting alongside on the fields of the Somme and Flanders. There are poignant reminders of these events in the War Memorial at Islandbridge dedicated to the Irish soldiers who died in the First World War and the Arbour Hill Cemetery containing the graves of the leaders of 1916. Arbour Hill also reminds us of the earlier rebellion of 1798. We can reflect on the role of the British Army which is exemplified in the unique buildings of Collins Barracks (Royal Barracks), the oldest purpose built barracks in the world. This is now the National Museum of Ireland and houses many interesting exhibitions including Decorative Arts, Military History, Asian Art, Fashion, Irish Silver Soldiers & Chiefs and many more. It also has on exhibit the beautifully restored gun running boat- “The Asgard”. This visit offers the opportunity to reflect on these events which greatly influenced the course of Irish history.
11.00 – 12.15 Meet at Islandbridge Memorial car park for conducted tour of the Memorial gardens.
12.30 – 14.00 Dinner in Hilton Hotel – Kilmainham. Short after dinner talk reflecting on the significance of the day days visits.
14.15 – 15.00 Visit Arbour Hill Cemetery – 1798 and the 1916 Rising
15.00 – 17.00 Visit National Museum of Ireland exhibitions in Collins Barracks including a history of the barracks.
Note: There are no admission costs on the day. The only cost is the dinner @ €25 for 3 course meal
Parking is available in the Memorial Gardens – Islandbridge, The Hilton Hotel – Kilmainham and Collins Barracks.
To book, print this page, fill in the form below and return it to the address attached.
Booking form and Cheque for €25, made out to the Federation of Local History Societies, should be sent to Larry Breen, 8 The Paddocks, Naas, Co Kildare. Tel 045 897445 ; Mob. 087 9841551 no later than Wed. 19th June 2013.