Sporting Vest RDF

Sporting Vest, Royal Dublin Fusiliers: British Army soldiers often challenged local sports teams to matches as a method of promoting goodwill in the community. As a result British sports such as rugby and football (soccer) gained a following in garrison towns. Such events would attract a good crowd, usually hoping to see the Army lose to the locals.


Trousseau 1897

Trousseau 1897: Some of the townsfolk saw the young, securely employed men at the barracks as socially desirable marriage partners for local women. Many English men married Irish women, and some soldiers even settled here after their retirement. This dress was bought for Luielia's trousseau, most likely by her husband 56 year old Lt Colonel George Smith, while they were on honeymoon in Australia. They lived in Piperstown, co. Louth and had four children.




Military Tailor's book

 Military Tailor’s book: Unlike enlisted soldiers, who were issued with standard-sized uniforms, officers bought their own made-to-measure outfits. They purchased the required items form a specialist military tailor, who kept detailed records (including sketches and colour swatches) of the regulations for each type of uniform in a large reference book. This reference book belonged to Johnstone, a local Dublin tailor.


Moveable House

Movable House: Portable or ‘campaign’ furniture allowed officers’ families to take their familiar domestic possessions with them when assigned to another barracks. Such items were sturdily constructed, and easily disassembled for transport. These campaign dining chairs were made by Ross & Co. of Dublin around 1870.


Jacobite Grenadier 1691

Jacobite Grenadier, 1691: This soldier is lighting a grenade taken from the bag at his waist. In a few seconds he will hurl the explosive device at the opposing soldiers. Grenadiers often used these weapons to repel enemies attacking a breach in the wall of a fort or town. In order to throw the grenade, he needs to carry his musket slung over his shoulder - he also wears a soft cap that will not get in the way of his movement.


Croppy Prisoner 1798

Croppy Prisoner, 1798, Royal Barracks, Dublin: This captured rebel awaits his fate here in the Dublin barracks after the rebellion. His civilian clothes indicate he is not a soldier, but a farm boy. With many others, he is confined within the square just outside this building. If he is unlucky, he will be hanged, and his body will be dumped in the River Liffey. If the British spare him because of his youth, he faces transportation to Australia as a convict.

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