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Dublin's Military Quarter

An Exclusive Event for Members of the RDS and their Guests

Ireland is defined by its wars that, more often than not, were influenced by matters far from her shores. Viking and Norman invasions, Wars of religion, Wars over claims to the British throne, wars of republicanism, wars of Independence, and ultimately World Wars. How did these events shape the Ireland and how did she commemorate her dead?

Much of this history has a backdrop in the west of Dublin through buildings and memorials such as the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham; Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse, and the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.

Join us for a walk through that history where our route will take us through:

  • The West Gate (Richmond Tower) of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, built between the Confederate wars and Battle of the Boyne.

  • Kilmainham Gaol, place of execution of the leaders of the 1916 rising and jail for war of Independence and civil war anti-treaty soldiers.

  • The National War Memorial Gardens commemorating the Irishmen and women who perished in WWI and WWII.

  • From the gardens we will review the Wellington Testimonial commemorating the victor of the Napoleonic wars.

Our guides will bring together the stories of these sites and the people and great events that shaped the story of Ireland.

Approx. 2 hours / 3 km.

Start location

One date only: Saturday 1st October 2022

Places are limited to 18 people so please book early through the RDS site.

Our tour starts promptly at 11am in front of the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham - across from Kilmainham Gaol and The Royal Hospital's Richmond Tower.

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(Please note entrance to Kilmainham Gaol in not included in this tour)

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