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Photo Call Notice: New Exhibition - The Irish and France: Three Centuries of Military Relations


When? Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Where? National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, D7

What? New Exhibition - The Irish and France: Three Centuries of Military Relations

Time? 1.00pm

Background Information:

As part of Ireland’s 2013 EU Presidency Cultural Programme, the National Museum of Ireland in association the French Embassy in Ireland is delighted to present "1689 - 2012, The Irish France: Three Centuries of military relations", an exhibition produced by the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum, Paris). This will be the first exhibition launched as part of the Culture Connects – Ireland’s EU Cultural Programme 2013.

This exhibition shows Irish and French military cooperation since the 17th century. From the "Wild Geese" to the First World War to Samuel Beckett’s time in the French resistance, the exhibition retraces the history of the close relations between the Irish and France.

Covering the period 1689 to 2012, including the Irish regiments which fought for France in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, it features material on the Wild Geese, who served their adopted country. Indeed, one of their descendants, Patrice MacMahon, became President of the Third French Republic in 1873. The exhibition also covers the role of Irish men and women in World War I and World War II – in particular Samuel Beckett’s involvement in the French resistance. The exhibition concludes with a panel on the most recent cooperation between the French and Irish army in the EUFOR mission in Chad.

Meet with and Photo Opportunities:

Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D - Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

H.E. Mrs Emmanuelle d’Achon - Ambassador of France to Ireland

Mr. Seamus Lynam – Acting Director – National Museum of Ireland

Mr. Lar Joye – Curator at the National Museum of Ireland with responsibility for Arms and Armour, Transport, Flag collection and Military History collection.

Mr. Salvatore Inserra and Mr. Denis Lambolez, Gendarmes (French Police Officers)

Lieutenant-colonel Charles Arminjon, and Capitaine Cédric Dwoinikoff - From the 92nd French Infantry Regiment (92ème régiment d'infanterie de Clermont-Ferrand):

The Irish Army will also be in attendance 4 solders; 2 officers and NCOS.

Notes to the Editor:

Also in attendance:

- A class from the Lycée Français d’Irlande (Euro campus, Dublin) with Sarah Magadoux, Director and Mr. Pascal Moore, history teacher.

- St Joseph’s Post Primary, Stanhope St, D7 with Mr Tommy Coyle, Principal

There are two key aspects in relation to this exhibition;

• The history of the Irish soldier in France in the 18th century

• Or the more modern UN angle.

This new exhibition opens to the public at 10.00am on Thursday 10th January 2013 and runs until 30th June 2013

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland is Free

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm


Maureen Gaule, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, D7

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