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…
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).