Guided Tour: 1913 - 1923: A Decade of Military Conflict

Students are introduced to the experiences of ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rebellion, the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, and how all these events affected combatants and civilians alike.


'Very positive – overall excellent and made history accessible for students. Guide interacted with students through questions and asked students to demonstrate’ Teacher Feedback


Tour at a glance

Level: Junior and Senior Cycle, Transition Year
Group Size: 30
Location: Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition, 20th century gallery
Duration: 45 minutes
Available: Tuesday - Saturday



Curriculum Links

Junior Cycle History

Senior Cycle History
Later Modern Irish and European History



Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater knowledge of military conflicts Irishmen and women were involved in at the beginning of the 20th century



Resources and Suggestions



The Historical Collections Online. This is a sample of 10,000 artefacts from the National Museum of Ireland’s Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, published as part of the Decade of Commemorations.


At the Museum

Also visit the following related galleries in the Museum:



Recommended reading



A Military History of Ireland (1995) by Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffery



Teachers' feedback about this tour


‘Brings to life things they read about in textbook and makes history more real.’

‘A high level of knowledge was portrayed by tour guide.’

‘[We learned about] the lives of ordinary people not really covered in text books.’



Guided group visits can be booked for '1913-1923: A Decade of Military Conflict' by using our online form.