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Battle of the Somme Events

Commemorative Events at National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks.

The National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts and History are to run a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. These events will include film screenings, talks and lectures from July to September. Topics will vary from events at the somme to the local impact with talks on Ulster communities and 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers who had been trained at the Royal Barracks Dublin (site of Collins Barracks and the Museum today).


Film: ‘The Battle of the Somme’ 

Saturday 2nd of July 11am, Saturday 9th July 2.30pm, Saturday 23rd July 11am

The Battle of the Somme was released in September 1916 and was seen by more than 20 million people in Britain and Ireland. It was hoped that the film would rally civilian support for the war and highlight a great victory. View this restored film throughout July with a short introduction from an historian. Run time 77 Minutes. In association with the Imperial War Museum, UK. 
Saturday 2nd July 11.30am-1pm
Introduction by Dr. David Murphy, NUI Maynooth.
Saturday 9th July 2.30pm-4pm
Introduction by Dr. Jennifer Wellington, University College Dublin.
Saturday 23rd July 11.30am-1pm
Introduction by Lar Joye, National Museum of Ireland.
No booking required, places allocated on first-come basis 15 minutes before start.

The Battle of the Somme

Sunday 3rd July 2.30-5pm

Lord Edwards Own reenactment materialJoin Lord Edward’s Own Re-enactment group in marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. See replica uniforms, equipment and arms that were used at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. No Booking Required.

Heritage Week Talk: The Somme-People and Place

Sunday 28th August 2.30pm

Battle of Ginchy

Join Philip Orr, historian and author of ‘Road to the Somme for a talk on the people and places associated with the Battle of the Somme, looking at the lasting effects on Ulster communities. Booking Required.

Dermot Bolger in Conversation with Jennifer Johnston

Sunday 18th September 3pm

A Reading with Jennifer Johnston in memory of family members who fought at the Battle of the Somme, followed by discussion with Dermot Bolger on her life and work since the publication of her first book, ‘The Captains and the Kings’, in 1972. This writer in residence programme is organised in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council. Booking Required through Eventbrite.

Five months of failure, the Battle of the Somme and the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Sunday 25th September 3pm

Tyneside Irish going forward

Join Lar Joye, curator of Military History, in a talk examining the Battle of the Somme, including stories of the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers from the Royal Barracks Dublin (now Collins Barracks). No booking required, places allocated 15 minutes before talk begins.