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Remembering World War One through Music

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, will hold a day of music, song, performances and talks on Saturday 10th November to mark the 94th anniversary of the end of World War One.

This special day of events brings some of the music alive, which was composed during World War One and in its aftermath. This music commemorates those who were fighting in the War, which includes around 200,000 Irishmen who served in the British Army at this time.

The programme includes orchestral and individual performances, talks, a historical re-enactment and a session with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

No booking required.

All of these events are free and will operate on a first come, first served basis. All events will start promptly and visitors are asked to come early to avoid disappointment.

For further press information please contact:

Helen Beaumont,Education Officer, Education and Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel. 01 6486 405, Mob. 087 2373192

Notes to Editor

• Well-known broadcaster and author Myles Dungan will give a talk entitled ‘Keeping the Home Fires Burning: Music and World War One’

• The Army No. 1 Band and the Pipers of the Irish Defence Forces will perform songs and tunes which were composed at the time or composed to remember World War One.

• Singers Larry Joye and Pat Lyons will also perform songs, including ‘All the fine young men’

Brendan McQuaile will perform his one-man show ‘March away my Brothers’ about an Irishman’s journey from Dublin to the battle fields of Flanders in 1914.

• Visitors can meet a WWI British Army recruitment re-enactor to learn how people joined up to fight in the war.

• Visitors can find out how to trace records of relatives who served in the army, with members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

• This is the fifth consecutive year the National Museum’s Education Department has organised this popular event exploring Ireland’s role in World War One, at a time when around 200,000 Irishmen served in the British Services and more than 30,000 Irishmen died in the War.

• Visitors interested in this period of our history can explore more in the award-winning exhibition, ‘Soldiers and Chiefs’ which traces Ireland's military history from 1550 into the 21st Century, on display at Collins Barracks.

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