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World War One Day at the National Museum of Ireland  - Decorative Arts and History

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, is holding a day of talks and activities on Saturday 7th November to mark the end of World War One.  

Helen Beaumont, Education and Outreach officer at the National Museum of Ireland, said “The day offers something for everybody. Events will include talks on the experiences of Irish soldiers, demonstrations and handling sessions, poetry readings, a session with a World War One British Army recruitment re-enactor, and the screening of a British War Office propaganda film from 1917.”  Many of these events will take place in the galleries of the exhibition Soldiers & Chiefs: The Irish at War at Home and Abroad. Bring along your family and explore the histories of the Irish Soldiers who were caught up in the ‘Great War.

For those who wish to explore their family connections with the war an area will be set up on the day to answer queries on tracing relatives.

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.

Admission is free to all Exhibitions.

For further press information please contact:

Maureen Gaule, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 01 6486 429


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

Tel. 01 6486 405, Mob. 087 2373192


Saturday 7th November 2009

10.00am - 1.00pm

Drop-in event: Trace your relatives from the Great War

Find out how to trace records of relatives who served in the army, with members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association

Venue: “Soldiering in the Twentieth Century” gallery of Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition

11.00 - 11.45am

Talk: Irish in the Second World War

Speaker: Kevin Myers, journalist and author

Venue: The Palatine Room         

12.00 - 12.45pm

Re-enactment: Find out about joining up with re-enactor Graham Evans

Venue: “Soldiering in the Twentieth Century” gallery of Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition

1.00 - 1.45pm

Talk: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the Kaiser's Battle, March 1918

Speaker: Sean Connolly, RDFA

Venue: The Palatine Room                         

1.00- 4.45pm

Film screening: “The Battle of the Ancre”

Original footage from World War One, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Film is played on a loop until 4.45pm

Venue: The AV Lecture Theatre

2.00- 2.45pm

Demonstration: The 18 pounder artillery piece

With Lar Joye, Curator, National Museum

Venue: “World War One” gallery of Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition

3.00 – 4.00pm

Reading: from Earth voices whispering: An anthology of Irish war poetry 1914-45

Poet Gerald Dawe and friends

Venue: The Palatine Room.        

All events are FREE and no booking is required, all events will operate on a first come, first served basis.

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