Programme for the year 2016

March 28th Easter Monday:  Fall in men – there’s trouble at the Castle. As part of RTE’s Centenary Commemorations of the Easter Rising, the RDFA are offering a walking tour from Collins Barracks to the Mendicity Building. The 4th, 5th and 10th Battalions of the RDF were involved in putting down the rising and this tour will trace some of their steps and stories. Meet at archway in Collins Barracks, Dublin at 11:00 a.m. Bring walking boots and umbrella.


April 16th Saturday: Seminar on Hulluch. Venue: The Council Chamber Room, Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. For further details, click here.

Note: The seminar  at City Hall begins at 10:15 a.m. It has been moved back by 15 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


April 24th Sunday afternoon: Gallipoli Annual Service of Remembrance at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. Time 3:30 p.m.


April 25th Monday morning: Gallipoli Dawn Service of Remembrance will be held at 6:30 a.m. in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra, Dublin.


June 12th 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 either the Combined Irish Regiments Association at Combined Irish Regiments Association at or Mr David Ball at Please make your own travel and accommodation arrangements.


July 1st Friday morning: Thiepval, France. The principal commemoration for the Battle of the Somme will take place at the Thiepval monument. In 2015, members entered an open draw for tickets. Any members of the RDFA who are going to this event, please let us know as it would be nice to meet up as a group at the service.


July 1st Friday morning: Islandbridge, Dublin. A military ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. Honouring the Irish Regiments (1st and 2nd RDF) who fought at the Battle of the Somme. This is an event organised as part of the Irish Government’s 2016 Somme Commemorations.


July 9th 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 2:30 p.m. for 3:00 p.m. All members and non-members of RDFA are welcome to attend.


July 10th Sunday morning: The National Day of Commemoration at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Time 10:00 a.m. Please check newspapers for official details nearer the date of event.


September 1st to 5th: To commemorate the centenary of the Battles of Ginchy and Guillemont we are considering organising a trip to these villages. We will participate with The Somme Association. N. Ireland in a joint remembrance service at the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Division memorials on Saturday 3rd September. We will also offer some interesting Irish orientated local battlefield tours. If you are interested in this tour, please contact Mr Brian Moroney at Dublin 01-8475519, Email at or Mr Seamus Greene at Dublin 01-2088326, Email at Contact before 21st March 2016.


September 9th Friday: A commemorative event to remember Lieut. Tom Kettle 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers is to be held at the bust of Tom Kettle, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Meet at the band stand in St. Stephen’s Green at 2:00 p.m. This event is primarily being run by the Kettle family. See notice below of seminar on Tom Kettle at UCD.


November 11th Friday: Mass at City Quay Church, Dublin. To remember the fallen. Time 7:30 p.m.


November 13th 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 2nd 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 25th November 2016. The booking form will be posted to members.


Exhibitions and events for members to attend.


The National Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in July and September 2016 screening of Imperial War Museum documentary film of the Battle of the Somme. For timings and dates, please check with the National Museum of Ireland at Dublin 01- 6777444 and the National Library of Ireland at Dublin 01-6030200.


The National Library of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin continues its First World War exhibition entitled Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience. With particular emphasis the Irish involvement in the war at the Somme during 1916, the exhibition draws on the NLI’s collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters, newspaper reports dating between 1915 and 1916.


The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin, and Poetry Ireland from March to August present a project entitled ‘Other Voices’ with Irish poet Dermot Bolger who explores the multiplicity of stories of Irishmen at the Somme and those who were involved in the 1916 Rising. For timings and dates, please check with the National Museum of Ireland at Dublin 01- 6777444.


The National Gallery / Crawford /Other Galleries will offer a series of lectures during 2016 featuring Somme related topics. For timings and dates, please check with the National Gallery of Ireland at Dublin 01- 6615133.


The National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin, will highlight its digitised collection of Wills from soldiers killed in First World War. For further details contact The National Archives at Dublin 01-4072300.


University College Dublin will host an event / seminar on 9 September 2016 to mark the death of Lieut. Tom Kettle. For further details contact UCD at Dublin 01-7167777 or UCD Decade of Centenaries website at or


Glasnevin Cemetery Trust will present a Somme related outdoor exhibition starting on 1 July 2016. For further details contact Glasnevin Cemetery at Dublin 01-8826550.