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Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the present day

Explore Irish military history. Visit Collins Barracks to meet grenadiers, mercenaries, and musketeers. Trace the Wild Geese across Europe.


Collins Barracks

Over 1,000 objects from all over the world cover 1,700 square metres of Collins Barracks as the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition traces Ireland's military history from 1550 into the 21st Century.

Original artefacts, such as the Stokes Tapestry, letters, replicas and interactives show how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people over the centuries.

Broken down into three themes, Soldiers & Chiefs looks at Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century.

157 objects from this exhibition are available from our historical collections online. 

Soldiering at Home

Soldiering at Home

See how Irishmen fought during the 1798 rebellion, the Easter Rising of 1916, the War of Independence and the ensuing Civil War.

Soldiering Abroad

Soldiering Abroad

Discover how the Irishmen and women fought for foreign armies in distant lands over the past half millennium.

Soldiering in the 20th & 21st Centuries

Soldiering in the 20th & 21st Centuries

From the World Wars to the Irish Defence Forces’ peacekeeping role with the United Nations.