The Ireland Branch AGM took place on Saturday, 12th April in our usual venue of the Dublin City Library & Archive Seminar Room on Pearse St, Dublin 2. The assembled members heard the reports of out-going Honorary Secretary, Linda Clayton, and chairperson, Máire Mac Conghail amongst others. The Ireland Branch committee was re-elected with newest members (co-opted during the year) Sandra Doble, Alison Morris and Vivien Costello joining the existing committee.
Following the AGM, Lar Joye, curator of Military History Collections at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, gave a fascinating talk on the Museum’s plans for commemorating World War I.
Along with the excellent pre-existing exhibition, Soldiers & Chiefs, a new exhibition will be launch on 14th July 2014 taking a look at the first two years of the war, from Mons to Gallipoli. Lar explained that many people are not aware of how many Irish men were killed at Gallipoli, and having joined up to fight Germans, they spent a lot of time fighting other small nations like Bulgaria.
I’m sure several members will be dropping up to the Barracks over the summer as we face into the season of commemoration.