Exhibition: "1689 - 2013, The Irish & France: Three Centuries of military relations"

Presented by the French Embassy in Ireland

As part of Ireland’s 2013 EU Presidency Cultural Programme and The Gathering Ireland 2013, the French Embassy in Ireland in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the Military Museum, Collins Barracks Cork presents "1689 - 2013, The Irish France: Three Centuries of military relations", an exhibition produced by the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum, Paris).

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.

It covers the period from 1689 to 2013, 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.

After its showing in Dublin and Castlebar, the exhibition will be on display in Cork at the Military Museum, Collins Barracks from 15 October, during Cork Rebel Week, until December 2013.
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"1689 - 2013, The Irish & France: Three Centuries of military relations"
1689 – 2012, Les Irlandais et la France. Trois siècles de relations militaires

- 15 October - December 2013
@ The Military Museum, Collins Barracks, Old Youghal Road, Cork
Tel. 021 4514000
- Opening Times:
15-20 October 2013: from 10am-5pm
21 October - December 2013: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: from 10 am to 4pm

- 27 June - 30 September 2013
@ The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Its showing in County Mayo coincided with “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, the General Humbert commemorative Gathering event which took place in Killala, Castlebar & Lahardane this August.

In Humbert’s Footsteps - 1798 Battle Re-enactment from Ger Staunton on Vimeo.

- 21 December 2012 – 23 June 2013
@ The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
www.museum.ie - Tel +353 (0)1 6777444

Further information on the exhibition: scac@ambafrance-ie.org - Tel +353 (0)1 708 8308

Défilé du 14 juillet 2007, détachement interarmées irlandais représentant l'armée de terre, l'armée de l'air et la marine autour du drapeau national © ECPAD - JPEG

Published on 10/10/2013

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