Launch of ‘18pdr Field Gun 9168 – Lost and Found’ Exhibition: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks Dublin
On 09 February 2023, an exhibition titled ‘18pdr Field Gun 9168 – Lost and Found’ was launched in the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
The launch was opened by the Director of the National Museum of Ireland Lynn Scarff, Lieutenant-General Seán Clancy Chief of Staff addressed the attendees, and Dr Catriona Crow formally launched the exhibition.
Attendees included Brigadier-General Tony Cudmore GOC 2 Brigade, Colonel Mathew Byrne Director of the Ordnance Corps, Sergeant Robert (Bobby) Delaney with his family and his comrades of Ordnance Base Workshops, Brenda Malone Curator Soldiers’ and Chiefs’ Exhibition, Brigadier-General Paul Fry (Retd) Chair of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust, and Directors of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust.
The 18-pounder Mark II QF Field Gun, Serial Number 9168, with its distinctive type of recoil system, was discovered in the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Woodbridge, Virginia 22194-0346 in 2016, authenticated, recovered to Ireland by the Defence Forces, and restored to its original state by the Ordnance Corps.
On loan from the Defence Forces, the 18-pounder is on display in the Soldiers’ and Chiefs’ Exhibition.
The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust takes this opportunity of saluting the considerable research, and significant conservation and restoration work undertaken in the Ordnance Base Workshops since 2017 by Captain Daithí O’Flynn, and Armament Artificers Sergeant Robert Delaney (i/c Project), Sergeant Cregan and Sergeant Sexton, under the guidance of Commandant Stephan Mac Eoin, Defence Forces Heritage Officer, Commandant Lar Joye (Army Reserve), Ms Brenda Malone National Museum of Ireland, and assisted by Mr Sven Habermann.
The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust has developed a close relationship with the National Museum of Ireland and with museums in Northern Ireland in advancing Ireland’s rich military heritage. Examples include the Trust’s long association with the much-acclaimed Soldiers’ and Chiefs’ Exhibition in Collins Barracks, Dublin, and links with the Enniskillen Castle Museum – the Inniskillings Museum, County Fermanagh.
In this context, and on the occasion of the launch of the ‘18pdr Field Gun 9168 – Lost and Found’ Exhibition, the Trust commends the work of the National Museum of Ireland, in advancing a shared understanding of Ireland’s significant military experiences, whilst making a substantial contribution to retaining the culture, traditions, ethos and legacy of Ireland’s unique military heritage.
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