Programme for the Year 2014

February 1st Saturday: Seminar titled: Remembering World War 1 in Europe, 1914-2014. Irish and British historians, discussing the memory and legacy of the First World War. Venue: The National Museum at Collins Barracks, Dublin. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is run by the National Museum and is free but advanced booking is required: bookings@museum.ie For further details please contact the National Museum Education Office at 01- 6486405 Or 01- 6486441

 

March 8th Saturday: Seminar titled: They called it the Great War, run by the County Kildare Archaeological Society at the Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Seminar begins at 09:45 a.m. There is a booking fee of Euro15. For further details please contact Ms Elizabeth Connelly at 045 – 437321

 

April 25th Friday: ANZAC Day. Gallipoli dawn service of remembrance will be held at 06:30 a.m, in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Cabra, Dublin. An evening Gallipoli service of Remembrance will take place in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson at 7:30 p.m.

 

May 8th to 10th Thursday to Saturday: Conference titled: The Country House and the Great War: The European Experience presented by the History Department, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare. For further details contact the History Department at NUI Maynooth at www.nuim.ie/history or 01-708 3729.

 

June 13th and 14th Friday and Saturday: International Workshop on of First World War titled: Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War 1: Europe and the Wider World., run by the History Department, University College Galway. For further details see www.nuigalway.ie/history/

 

June 15th Sunday: Wreath laying service at the London Cenotaph organised by the Combined Irish Regiments Association, London. To confirm dates, times and place of assembly please contact either the Combined Irish Regiments Association at contact@combined-irish-regiments-oca.org.uk or Mr David Ball at david.ball@wfelectrical.co.uk Please make your own travel and accommodation arrangements.

 

June 18th Wednesday: Lecture. The Forgotten Irish. Speaker: Mr Kevin Myers. Venue: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Time 7:00 p.m. Note. This event is part of The Dublin Lectures 2014 organised by The Little Museum of Dublin. This lecture is open to the public and attendance must be arranged by booking a seat through The Little Museum of Dublin at 01- 6611000 or www.littlemuseum.ie

 

June 29th Sunday: Ecumenical Service of Reflection and Remembrance for Irish men and women who survived the war and returned to Ireland. Venue: Kilmacud Parish Church, Upper Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Time 2:30 p.m. This event is to being organised by Ms Sabina Purcell who is in the process of compiling a database of Irish men and women who served in the First World War and returned to Ireland at the end of the war. Contact Sabina at returnedww1@gmail.com

 

July 12th Saturday: The Royal British Legion Wreath-laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge. Time 2:30 p.m. for 3:00 p.m. All members and non-members of RDFA are welcome.

 

July 13th Sunday: The National Day of Commemoration at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Time 10:00 a.m. Members wishing to attend this ceremony must apply through the RDFA by Email rdfa@eircom.net before 10 March 2014. Please check newspapers for official details nearer the date of event.

 

July 30th to August 3rd Monday: Unveiling of a new Cross of Sacrifice provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and erected by the Glasnevin Trust at Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin. This event is being organised by the Glasnevin Trust to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and will take place some day between the above inclusive dates. For details of exact date and timing of event, please contact the Glasnevin Trust at 01- 8826550 or Email at info@glasnevintrust.ie

 

August 3rd Sunday: Service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. This event is being organised by the Royal British Legion. For details of times etc, contact the Royal British Legion in Dublin at 01- 6713044.

 

September 17th Wednesday: Lecture. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the First World War. Speaker: Mr Tom Burke. Venue: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Time 5:30 p.m. Tom’s lecture will be followed at 7:00 p.m. by a lecture titled Life in Emergency Dublin 1939-45 presented by Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter. Note. This event is part of The Dublin Lectures 2014 run by The Little Museum of Dublin. These lectures are open to the public and attendance must be arranged by booking a seat through The Little Museum of Dublin at Dublin 01- 6611000 or www.littlemuseum.ie

 

October 16th Thursday night: Lecture: To be arranged by RDFA.
Speaker: To be arranged. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Gilbert Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Time 7:00 p.m. Note – The Annual General Meeting of the RDFA will take place before lecture at 6:00 p.m.

 

October 25th Saturday: First World War Day at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. A day of lectures and exhibitions. The RDFA will be offering advice on researching a soldier who served in the First World War and some of the salient campaigns in the war such as Le Cateau, The Somme, Ypres, Gallipoli and Salonicka. The exact schedule of times and speakers has yet to be confirmed by the National Museum. Please contact the National Museum Education Office at 01- 6486405 or 01- 6486441 closer to the date to confirm the schedule.

 

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

 

November 9th 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.

 

November 13th Thursday: Lecture: August 1914, Surrender at St. Quentin.
Speaker: Author and Historian, John Hutton. Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, Gilbert Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Time 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m..

 

December 5th Friday: The RDF Assoc. Annual Dinner. Venue. The Masonic Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Time 8:00 p.m. Members and friends wishing to attend may book their seats by writing or Emailing the Secretary of the RDF Assoc., at above address before Friday 28th November 2013.

 

December 24th Wednesday. Christmas Eve in the trenches, a remembrance event of prose, poetry, music and carols to commemorate the Christmas Truce of December 1914. This event, which has not yet been finalised will take place in Glasnevin Cemetery Chapel, Glasnevin Cemetery. Please check with the Glasnevin Trust at 01-8826550 or Email at info@glasnevintrust.ie for exact timing and indeed date before 24 December 2014.