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Oil painting by Ralph Lillford, 'Irishmen Avenge Irish Dead', Londonderry, 1975
Oil painting by Ralph Lillford, 'Irishmen Avenge Irish Dead', Londonderry, 1975
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The Troubles

Troops were sent to Northern Ireland in 1969. They ended up staying there for nearly 40 years in what became the British Army's longest ever deployment.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot, c1874

86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793 and recruited in Belfast and County Down. It continued in service until the 1881 Army reforms, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rifles.

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Glengarry badge, 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment, c1874

83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot

This Irish infantry unit was raised in 1793. It continued in service until the 1881 Army reforms, when it became part of The Royal Irish Rifles.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Irish Guards, c1900

The Irish Guards

Formed in 1900, this regiment has fought in many of the Army’s campaigns. It also guards the Royal Family and takes part in the great ceremonial occasions of state.

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Cap badge, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, c1903

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

This cavalry regiment had an interrupted history. Raised in 1689, disbanded in 1799 and formed again in 1858, it served in several campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 16th/5th Lancers.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, c1900

4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1685. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge, other ranks, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, c1900

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons

This cavalry regiment was raised in Ireland in 1689. It continued in British Army service until 1922, when it was merged into the 5th/6th Dragoons.

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Glengarry badge, 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), c1873

88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers)

Raised in 1793 in the west of Ireland, this infantry regiment served until the reforms of 1881 when it was merged into The Connaught Rangers.

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Other ranks' cap badge, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, c1958

The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars

Formed in 1958 from two existing armoured units, this regiment served with the Royal Armoured Corps until 1993, when it merged into The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

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Cap badge, other ranks, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars, c1900

8th King's Royal Irish Hussars

This British Army cavalry regiment was raised in Ireland in 1693. It went on to serve in many campaigns until 1958, when it merged into The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars.

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Celtic plaid brooch taken from the body of a Sinn Féin rebel, 1916

Easter Rising

On Easter Monday 1916, Irish nationalists launched an armed revolt against British rule in Ireland. Although quickly suppressed by the British Army, the rising was a seminal moment in modern Irish history.

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A bomb disposal officer and infantry officer patrol West Belfast, 1992

The Troubles

Troops were sent to Northern Ireland in 1969. They ended up staying there for nearly 40 years in what became the British Army's longest ever deployment.

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The Royal Munster Fusiliers

The Royal Munster Fusiliers

This British Army infantry unit existed between 1881 and 1922. It recruited in Munster, a province in the south-west of Ireland.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
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9 June 2021, 6.30pm

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The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 1/3)

In the first of three lectures on Ireland in the Napoleonic Wars, Patrick Mercer OBE traces the development of some of the toughest regiments that Napoleon’s troops had to face.

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'United Irishmen in training', 1798
Patrons Only

1 July 2021, 6.30pm

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The Pike Dinner

10 June 1798 became known as ‘Pike Sunday’ when Crown forces in Ireland descended en masse, seized hidden pikes and arrested blacksmiths. Join historian Patrick Mercer OBE to find out more about this extraordinary episode in Britain and Ireland’s military history.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
Members Only

21 July 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 2/3)

In the 18th century, Royalist France had made several plans to invade Britain by first landing troops in Ireland - an ambition which Revolutionary France adopted with gusto.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
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1 September 2021, 6.30pm

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The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 3/3)

Whatever political tensions existed in Ireland in the wake of the 1798 and 1803 Rebellions, Irishmen were never slow to join the British Army in the fight against Napoleon.

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'United Irishmen upon Duty', 1798
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11 - 15 September 2021

FREE

The Napoleonic Wars: 1798 Rebellion in Ireland (Battlefield Walk)

Led by Patrick Mercer OBE, this tour will rove around Eire looking at some of the bloodiest and cruellest battles in Irish and British history.

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Easter Rising 1916
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KS3 (Ages 11 to 14)

Easter Rising 1916

Watch experts from museums in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland sharing their thoughts on objects from our Easter Rising collection.

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