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.
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
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.
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.
Amazingly, 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.
Reverend 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.
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…