Presented by the French Embassy in Ireland at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts History, Collins Barracks, Dublin
As part of Ireland’s 2013 EU Presidency Cultural Programme, the French Embassy in Ireland in association with the National Museum of Ireland is delighted to present "1689 - 2012, 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 consists of panels covering the period 1689 to 2012, 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.
The exhibition will be officially opened on 9th January.
Exhibition: "1689 - 2012, The Irish & France: Three Centuries of military relations" - 1689 – 2012, Les Irlandais et la France. Trois siècles de relations militaires
21 December 2012 – 30 June 2013
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