We’d like to thank everyone who turned up to our official opening on Friday 1st May. It was great to see so many people with a shared interest in military history. We were pretty lucky with the weather as well!
Thanks to Karl Martin, you can relive the best bits in a perfectly put together highlights package…
ONE, founded in 1951, takes care of the welfare of ex-servicemen and women of the Irish Defense Services. It also provides accommodation to homeless, elderly or disabled members in of shelter as well as developing a spirit of comradeship between serving and retired members of the services. All-in-all, it’s a worthy cause.
We’re very proud to be supporting this charity tomorrow, and it’d be great if you could to. Just €2 in the door is all it takes, and we’ll make sure you get a proper look around the museum and its grounds in return.
With less than two weeks to go until we open our doors for the Living History Festival, in association with the Living History Club, we thought we’d update you on a few of the events that will be going on over the course of the two days.
Join us on May 2nd and 3rd for a spectacular weekend where history will come to life – watch 2000 years of history come alive before your eyes. Witness all this and more:
Battle reenactments – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday
Blank fire demonstrations – at regular intervals throughout the weekend
WWII Vehicles – see how soldiers were transported
Materials of War – including artillery pieces, mortars, rifles and machine guns
Medieval Archery – Dave Hodson will be demonstrating the art of archery
Modern rocketry – build and launch your own rocket (extra costs will be incurred – please enquire for more information)
Amateur radio demonstrations – morse code and communication with a worldwide audience
Face-painting – guaranteed to put a smile on your face (unless you to paint a frown!)
More activities and events TBC
We will be covering a vast range of time periods, so there’s sure to be something that takes your interest over the two days.
Romans – Come and meet the soldiers that conquered the known world
Vikings at Large – Meet these raiders from the North-lands, up close and personal
Waterloo – Meet the Famous Irish Soldiers of Wellington and the Imperial Guard of Emperor Napoleon
American Civil War – See the uniforms and materials from the war that shaped US and Irish involvement
Irish War of Independence & 1916 – Learn about this great country’s fight for freedom
WWI – Witness what life was like in the trenches, up close and personal
WWII – See how life was on the frontline. See the war through the eyes of the young men and women living through it
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have a series of talks given by historian Con O’Sullivan, as well as educational and interactive activities from members of The Military History Club some of which include:
Learn how to March like a WW2 American GI. – 12 noon and 2 pm each day.
“The War of the White Death” – talk on Finland’s War.
Waterloo 200 yrs on – why Napoleon Won.
The Fighting French of WW2.
French Resistance and SOE, Behind Enemy Lines.
Infantry Weapons of The WW2 Soldier
“Point Du Hoc – Rangers Lead the Way” – A talk on the amazing Ranger Raid on D-day.
Admission is just €10 for adults and €5 for kids. It’s €25 for a family (2 adults, 2 kids).
Come and witness history coming to life with reenactments, replica trenches, vehicles, uniforms and other war artefacts.
The weekend will represent a vast array of time periods – from Romans and Vikings to WWI and WWII and all that’s in between. Our historical journey will take you right through to the modern day.
Get up close and personal with history – a chance that you won’t get anywhere else in Ireland.
The festival will run over the May bank holiday weekend (2nd & 3rd May) at the Irish Military War Museum. Click here for directions.
Daily admission prices will be €10 per adult, €5 per child and €25 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children). Admission includes access to the museum and park as well as events for the Living History Festival.
It’s going to be a great weekend – learn by having fun and have fun learning.
You might have caught the great piece by Marie Louise O’Donnell on Today With Sean O’Rourke this week. If you didn’t, fear not, you can listen by clicking here or via the player below.
We’ve had a fantastic response following the feature – enquiries about ticket bookings, kids parties, school tours, tank rides… The feedback was so instant, that our website was quite literally gridlocked!
You might also have been interested to find out more about the museum curator, William Sullivan. William has gathered a truly amazing collection of war memorabilia for the museum and it is thanks to his hard work and that of his staff that the museum is rising to success.
If you have any queries about the museum, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call 041 9819501 or email us.