Programme for the year 2018

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Schedule of Activities for the Year 2018


March 9th to April 28th. Exhibition: Irish Women and World War 1. The exhibition presented by Dublin City Library and Archive draws on the collections of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other material held at Dublin City Library and Archive to explore different aspects of women’s experiences during World War 1 and how they were impacted by class, working-life and political persuasion. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin.


April 18th Wednesday all day: Seminar: Dublin’s Mansion House and the Anti-Conscription Movement, 1918. With numbers in the army running low by 1918, the British Government planned to replenish its army by extending conscription to Ireland. This seminar presented by Dublin City Library and Archive, examines the anti-conscription movement in Ireland 100 years ago. Venue: The Mansion House, Dublin. For details on time, contact:


April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th Tuesdays: Lunch-time lecture series: Lives of Irish Women During Wold War 1. These four lectures are presented by Dublin City Library and Archive. The final lecture on 24 April will be given by Dr. Fionnula Walsh, UCD, who will offer an overview of the topic and consider the war’s lasting effects for women and their role in Irish society. Venue: Council Chamber, Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin. Time 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.


April 25th Wednesday morning: Annual Dawn Service of Remembrance will be held at 6:30 a.m. in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra, Dublin. This year the service will mark the ending of World War 1.


May 25th to 29th etc. RDFA tour of 1918 battlefields. The RDFA will visit the battlefields and the sites of the last days the Dublin Fusiliers and 16th (Irish) Division on the Western Front during the German offensive of March 1918 and up to 11 November 1918. For booking form, please contact Brian Moroney at :


June 17th Sunday morning: Wreath laying service at the London Cenotaph organised by the Combined Irish Regiments Association, London. Meet at 10:00 a.m. King Charles Street, London, SW1. For further details please contact the Mr David Ball, Combined Irish Regiments Association at:


July 7th Saturday afternoon: A State-led commemoration in conjunction with The Royal British Legion annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge. Time 12:00 mid-day for 1:00 p.m. All members and non-members of RDFA are welcome to attend.


July 8th Sunday morning: The National Day of Commemoration in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin. Time 10:00 a.m. Please check newspapers for official details nearer the date of event.


July 15th Sunday morning: Unveiling of Kilkenny War Memorial. To commemorate the 780 men from Kilkenny, the Kilkenny War Memorial will be unveiled at Linear Park in Kilkenny City. The RDFA Standard will be paraded and all members of the RDFA are invited to attend the ceremony. Time 2:00 p.m. Check exact times beforehand.


September 25th Launch of Carmel Ui Cheallaigh book titled; RMS Leinster: The Forgotten Tragedy. An illustrated children’s booklet. Guest Speaker: Philip Lecane, RDFA member.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Venue: Level 4, dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


October 5th  Book launch. Dublin’s Great Wars by Prof. Richard Grayson
Time: 6:00 p.m. Venue: Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson Street, Dublin.


October 7th  History Ireland Hedge School. A discussion on the RMS Leinster sinking and WW1 at sea.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Venue: The National Maritime Museum, Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


October 8th  Combined Dublin-Anglesey Welsh Choirs
Time: 8.00 p.m. Venue: The National Maritime Museum, Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


October 9th Tuesday: To mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster, a seminar consisting of talks in the morning and afternoon setting the background context to the sinking. In the evening, there will be an “eve of centenary” talk given by RDFA Committee member Mr. Philip Lecane, author of Torpedoed! The RMS Leinster Disaster, who has spent 25 years researching those who were aboard the ship. Venue: The Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire. For details of times etc. contact Philip Lecane at


October 10th Wednesday: A State run commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. Venue: The RMS Leinster anchor in Dun Laoghaire. For details of times etc. contact .Further plans to mark the centenary are being developed. If you would like to be put on an email list to receive regular update bulletins, please email


November 10th Friday: Mass at City Quay Church, Dublin. To remember the fallen. Time 7:30 p.m.


November 11th Sunday: Ecumenical Service of Remembrance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Time 2:30 p.m. Members may attend as part of the general public. Service attended by President Michael D Higgins.


December 7th Friday: The RDF Assoc., Annual Dinner. Venue: the Masonic Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Time 8:00 p.m. Booking forms to be sent to Mr Brian Moroney at 11 Ayrfield Court, Ayrfield, Dublin 13 before Friday 30th November 2018. The booking form will be posted to members.


December 16th Sunday: Christmas in the trenches. An event of song and poetry presented by the musicians of The Invincibles to recall the Christmas Truce of 1914. Venue: The Chapel, Glasnevin Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. For exact details of time and date contact Glasnevin Cemetery Museum prior to 16th December 2018.


Exhibitions and other events relating to WW1 and 1918.


September to October
Exhibition: World War 1 and Ireland’s Humanitarian Effort.
Venue: Level 3, dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


September to December
Exhibition: The RMS Leinster.
Venue: The National Maritime Museum, Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin.


The National Library of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, are still presenting their on-going First World War exhibition titled World War Ireland: Exploring Irish Experience. This year marks the centenary of the ending of the war and there is a specific section of the exhibition dedicated to the events on the Western Front in 1918. Guided tours of the exhibition are offered by the library on the second Thursday of every month. To find out more, why not join The National Library of Ireland mailing list by registering at:


The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks in Dublin continues with their Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition much of which is related to the First World War with some RDF items on display and documents contained in the museum archive.


The RDFA Archive at Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street, Dublin, continues to grow. Do visit the archive and view our latest acquisitions. For further details see: