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Join us for a fun-filled Easter weekend

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed weekend here at the Irish Military War Museum.

On both Saturday and Sunday we are having a family fun day, where the kids can fly high on our bouncy castles, find a sweet treat with our Easter egg hunt (from 12pm), then burn off the energy taking part in an obstacle course. It costs just €5 per child (aged up to 15 years).

In addition, we are open as normal on Good Friday, plus we will be opening this Easter Monday. We are passionate about sharing our collection and believe it’s only by handling genuine artifacts from conflicts you can really get a sense of life in the front line.

So if you’ve never visited before, or have been meaning to make a repeat visit, this would be a very special time to call. We are open all weekend from 10am-5pm.

Please note: Easter Egg hunts are from 12pm on both days.

We’re holding a ‘Living Museum’ weekend, this weekend!

The Irish Military War Museum will hold live displays this weekend – where history will come to life at ‘The Living Museum’.

Members of the WWII Club will be replacing the mannequins in our displays to share their WWI and WWII stories.

Let us take you on a journey through time to meet the frontline soldiers – hear their stories and all about their fight for survival.

The event are not to be missed as we bring history to life this weekend.

Join us on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April between 10am and 5pm. Usual admission charges apply.

Tank Lessons for Two – Valentine’s Day Special

What could be more romantic that a fun-filled spin in a tank? That’s exactly what you and your loved one could get up to this February.

To celebrate the fact that Valentine’s Day is this month, we’re offering special tank lessons for couples in February. Each of you will get two laps of the track each for a total of €180, which is payable on the day of your lesson.

Don’t forget, advanced booking for tank lessons is essential and we run them on Saturdays  and Sundays, so make sure you call us to pick your date and time early to avoid disappointment. Call us to book on 041 9819501

The offer ends on February 26th.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The WW2 Club presents ‘The Living Museum’ this weekend at IMWM

The Irish Military War Museum will hold live displays this weekend – where history will come to life at ‘The Living Museum’.

Members of the WWII Club will be replacing the mannequins in our displays to share their WWI and WWII stories.

Let us take you on a journey through time to meet the frontline soldiers – hear their stories and all about their fight for survival.

The event are not to be missed as we bring history to life this weekend.

Join us on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November between 10am and 5pm. Usual admission charges apply.

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The ‘Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off’ is coming soon!

The Irish Military War Museum and Giant Pumpkins Ireland invite you to partake in the ‘Giant pumpkin Weigh-off’ on Sunday 2nd of October.

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Entries received from 12pm till 1pm and weighing commences at 1:30pm. The event will take place at the Irish Military War Museum, to which you can find directions here.

Entries via email (giantpumpkinsireland@gmail.com) must be received by 9pm on Wednesday 28th September and there is a €2 entry fee per Pumpkin, payable on the day.

This promises to be an exciting event for all the family, we look forward to seeing you all there. Competitors will be eligible for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth prizefund of $1000s!

Competitors should familiarize themselves with GPC rules, which can be found here.

All competitors will receive a certificate of achievement including their official weight on the day, we’ll also have more seeds available for next year.

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IMWM picks up ‘Best Commercial Float’ award

We hope you all had a very happy St Patrick’s Day last week. It was a glorious sunny day and we enjoyed taking part in both the Ardee and Drogheda parades.

What’s more…we WON the award for the Best Commercial Float in Ardee. It’s the second year running we’ve been rewarded for our efforts, so we’re really pleased everyone’s enjoying what we have to offer!

We’d like to give our thanks to the WW2 Club for their help on the day – as always, they were great.
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Check out the great snaps from the Ardee parade that we shared on Facebook, thanks to This Is Ardee.

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Join us for a hands on 1916 learning experience

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Learn by having fun, and have fun learning!

Join us for a hands on 1916 learning experience 

We know that history needs to come to life when teaching kids. That’s why we tailor our School Tours for your specific needs.

Want to learn about WWI or WWII? Would our special 1916 exhibition benefit your class? With our philosophy of hands-on learning, we let pupils interact with original war artefacts. It makes learning so much more fun!

We take the needs to the curriculum into full account when creating our school experiences.

Get our school tour Gold Package for €19.16 per head, which includes:

  • Full guided tour of the museum, including a section dedicated to 1916 and a focus on WWI & WWII
  • A visit to a replica WWI trench in the grounds of the museum
  • A spin in a military tank
  • Weapons display (blank firing) with original period rifles
  • The chance to handle original weapons (deactivated and perfectly safe) and equipment
  • Access to our playground and animal farm

Contact us to find out more.

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WWII Club Q&A – this weekend.

For anyone who is interested in re-enactment or if you have an interest in learning more about it, the World War II club will be here at the Irish Military War Museum this weekend – that’s Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January.

They will be hosting a Q&A session, so get your queries ready for them!

All are welcome, so we hope you’ll join us to fuel your interest in WWII re-enactment.

A moving and poignant trip to the Somme

The Irish Military War Museum team was privileged to attend a reburial service for Sergeant David Harkness Blakey MM at the beginning of October, in Thiepval, France.

Sergeant Blakey was reported missing during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He was killed on the first day of the battle, 1st July. He was just 26 years-old.

IMG_4487Amazingly, Sergeant Blakey’s remains were found during routine roadworks being carried out ahead of the Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations. They were found close to the Ulster Tower, and he was identified by his metal identification tag.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission held the service on October 8th at 11am, for Sergeant Blakey and two unknown comrades; one from the Royal Irish Rifles, one from the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

IMG_4467Reverend Robert J Birnie CF, Chaplain to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, conducted the service. In attendance were representatives of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment, UK Defence Staff and local dignitaries.

Some of Sergeant Blakey’s family members were also present, including his great-great-grandchildren

It was a very moving, thought-provoking ceremony, which was very touching to be a part of.

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