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Collins Barracks Military Museum Dublin

  • 20-07-2009 2:21pm
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    I paid another visit yesterday to the Collins Barracks Military Museum in Dublin. It is part of the Irish museum complex spread across several buildings in Dublin and the Collins barracks location in addition to Militaria also encompasses the decorative arts museum (including viking artifacts etc).

    One of the main displays at the moment is "The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550" which tries to cover the Irish military contribution to a lot of European military history, including both sides of WWI, the Franco Prussian war, the napoleonic wars, Crimea, and too many more to mention right up to current UN & anti-terrorits roles. The other main exhibition is 'The British Garrison in Ireland'.

    Here are some pictures I thought some members may enjoy. The collections cover a LOT of areas of history, WWI, the wild Geese, 1916, War of Independence, Civil War and lots more. I was not permitted to photograph all areas but here are a few I managed to get :

    Courtyard of the Building


    Collins Artifacts - Michael Collins Pistol, Sword and the pen used to sign the treaty & his death warrant ;


    Viking Helmet



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,273 ✭✭✭Morlar

    Loyalist tapestry







  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,273 ✭✭✭Morlar

    Both barrels


    Edged Weapons





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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,273 ✭✭✭Morlar

    The rest of the images are here if anyone wants to check them out ;

    Unfortunately I got told off when photographing some exhibits so there are only certain areas where photography is permitted, among the items I was not permitted to photograph were the 1916 exhibit, the Irish War of Independence, Civil War, Irish in the Confederate & yankee army, Franco Prussian war, Irish in WWI (including an German WWI Irish Regiment uniform), a lot of iniskillings & Fusileirs medals, uniforms & weapons, the also the great coat Michael Collins wore when he was assasinated at Béal na mBláth and many many more. UN peacekeeping, Lebanon, anti-terrorist, etc. For those in Dublin or passing through if you get to visit it is free admission and free parking & well recommended.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 588 ✭✭✭R.Dub.Fusilier

    i have been to see this a couple of times and its well worth a visit .

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,676 ✭✭✭dr gonzo

    I love Collins barracks, theres something so reverent and awe inspiring about the parade ground. Not to mention the exhibits are excellent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 538 ✭✭✭Irlandese

    Can anyone tell me anything about a counterfeit Italian passport with michael collins photo that he is supposed to have used at least once for foreign travel possibly associated with arms buying ? It was said to have been exhibited among Collins memorabilia in the national museum many years ago.