A great opportunity to see the Guns of Rigby, original F-Class shooters who competed against the Americans at the Creedmore Shoots in the states and on Dollymount Strand in 1874/75 used these wonderful firearms to shoot at targets 1000 yards away.
Found it while looking for something to bring the kids to, I will be there tomorrow!!!
Duelling, Gun Makers & Sword Makers in 19th Century Ireland
This exhibition examines duelling in Ireland and the work of two Irish families who made swords and guns in Dublin in the 19th century. The Rigby family of Suffolk Street were Ireland’s most famous gun makers and the Read family of Parliament Street were Ireland’s most renowned sword makers. Dublin had a large armaments industry in the19th century and the exhibition will highlight this work by bringing out of storage the Museum’s large collection of swords and guns.
is that place near the 4 courts do you have to pay in to see it
Yes and Yes
Big white building on the hill Oppisite Heuston Station.
Reasonable Cafe also for a coffee
30 minutes walk from O’Connell Street
45 minutes walk from Grafton Street
Five minutes walk from Smithfield, Heuston Station or Phoenix Park
Bus: 90 (Aston Quay), 25, 25A, 66, 67 (Wellington Quay)
Luas: Red line Luas (tram) - dedicated ‘Museum’ stop
Car Parking is available onsite
Dublin City 'Hop on Hop Off' Bus Tours, have a drop off and pick up stop at our three sites in Dublin
Museum Link (172) operated by Dublin Bus has a drop off and pick up stop at the three Dublin sites
Admission to the Museum is free
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00
Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday
Another great exhibition and worth extending the day for is:
Soldiers and Chiefs
The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550
"For in far foreign fields from Dunkirk to Belgrade, lie the soldiers and chiefs of the Irish Brigade."
These lines evoke the fate of the Wild Geese, men who left Ireland to seek her freedom overseas. In fact there have been many Irish brigades, fighting around the world in different armies. At home Ireland has experienced war and peace, suppression and independence, conflict and calm.
This exhibition traces military history in Ireland, and uses original artifacts, letters, replicas and interactives to show how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people. Three main themes are explored through the eyes of the average Irish soldier and civilian caught up in war and conflict here in Ireland: Irish soldiers at home; Irish soldiers abroad; and Irish soldiers in the 20th Century. The exhibition also looks at the economic and social aspects of war: why soldiers join armies; women and families at war; and soldiers' personal experience of war and conflict.
The extensive collection of military artifacts, loans and recent donations have been sourced from museums all over the world. It is on permanent display over eight galleries, covering 1,700sq m in Collins Barracks.
Location: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, 1st Floor, North Block and new building in the North East section.
Enjoy I did!
In case anyone has an interest here is an article describing the 1874 match at Creedmore.
Hopefully the definition will be good enough for people to read.
Pity we could not do a rerun of the match with originals!!
That's great stuff Bob, thanks for posting them.
It's all a bit too small for my old eyes though, do you have the originals to do higher resolution scans by any chance?
Hi there rovi
I have them as originals and some added stuff as well, rifleman ran a full series starting June 1954, it has great detail about the 1875 return match held at Dollymount strand. If you want to PM me with your mailing address I will send them to you by snail mail.
Been into the exhibition in Collins Bks, while it is really great to see the Rigby workmanship it is focused on small arms and dueling pistols, it is said that Rigby contributed to a demise of dueling in Ireland because his pistols were too accurate!
In any case given a bit of time I will post a selection of the photos I took today to give a flavour of the exhibition.
Here are a few pics from the exhibition.
A bit diappointed that there were no long guns as used in the 1875 Match against the Americans held at Dollymount.
Interesting collection displayed, Colt is a real early one, the Webley was just sold by Rigby but the featured revolver was manufactured under lisence.
The Pocket with the back strap sticking out is actually a repository for a spare charge, the first one shot MAG!
Loved the multi barrel carbine, really could not tell if all 7 go at once, that would be a thrill.
Dueling units were nice, short video of a re-enactment of a duel, Rigby is reputed to have contributed to an end of Dueling by manufacturing accurate pistols.
Another interesting Fact, Firearms Registration in Ireland was started in 1843, we were the first country in the world to introduce registration, each county or district had letters that were stamped to the gun to indicate the county or district of registration as well as a number.
Not much has changed, registration is here to stay, it did not do anything to stem crime in 1843 and it is the same today!
If you are in Dublin it is well worth a trip in, free parking etc.
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Sad to hear they don't have the rifles. I've still got an original copy of the Times report on the Dollymount Strand match, it'd have been nice to see the rifles used for that
While on the subject of Rigby and museums, the Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum in Attanagh,near Durrow Co. Laois is also well worth a visit. Extensive collection of artefacts relating to Fishing and Shooting, including a Rigby Black powder shotgun and a fantastic collection of traps including Man traps and a lot of items from Garnett and Keegans. Contact Walter Phelan,Attanagh,Durrow, County Laois, 0863153088 /057 8736112, before travelling to make sure the museum is open, it might even be possible to visit in the evening by arrangement.