2011 was a big year for the IGWS. It was our busiest year so far and made many new friends, it also included a couple of ground breaking events for the Society.
Bishopscourt Residential Home, Cork
26th February: This is a private event for the residents, families, friends and staff at the home. We will present a static display of Great War artefacts and memorabilia and will be wearing full service dress for the event. We also hope to show a short video/DVD of our 2010 season. This type of venue is a 'first' for the society and, time permitting, may present a theme on our usual living history display.
17th March: St. Patrick's Day parade in Gorey. We hope to have a truck and a car of the period parading with us.
Springhill, Northern Ireland
30th April - 2nd May: The IGWS have been invited to this new event at the 17th Century National Trust (UK) planatation house and grounds. The owners of the property have a strong WW1 connection with a number of family members having served during the Great War.
Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
11-12th June: A Military Tattoo for the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
25th June: The UK's Armed Forces Day event and the Irish Great War Society have been invited back to attend this fantastic show.
Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Cork2nd July: The Irish Great War Society are joining forces with the Western Front Association for the Museum's Great War themed event.
9th and 10th July: This is proving to be an excellent event and we have been asked to return this year.
38th (Irish) Brigade Families'Day, Ballykinler
31st July: We have been invited to take part this event organised for the families of service men, employees and contractors at the Co. Down Camp, which includes the 2/Rifles who are shortly due to return to Afghanistan.
Cork City Women's Gaol
13th & 14th August: This is just the second year of the event at the atmospheric 19th Century Gaol and we have been ask to present our static display of Great War artefacts and memorabilia, along with a living history display. We will again be sharing the display tent with our friends, the Royal Munster Fusilier's Association and Jean Prendergast (Military Genealogist).
Salute 2011 - Malahide Castle
Annual pilgrimage to the Western Front
13th to 18th September: We will be staying at the Messines Peace Village complex, right next to the Messines Ridge CWGC cemetery and the Irish Peace Tower memorial park. We will be visiting most of the main cemeteries and battlefields around the Ypres (now Ieper) Salient. We will also be visiting the cemeteries and memorials of the Somme, the scene of great carnage in 1916.
The pinacle of our trip will be having the priveledge of laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony in Ieper.
Fort Camden - Crosshaven, Cork
17th & 18th September: We have been invited back for this, our second visit, to support the 'Rescue Camden' team who are working hard to restore the magnificent old coastal artillery fort.
Remembrance Day Ceremony - Cork City
11th November: We a proud to announce that some of our members will be laying a wreath at the Great War Memorial in the South Mall, Cork City. We will be joining our friends, the Western Front Association (Cork Branch)and the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, along with other groups and associations. The ceremony will be in the presence of the Mayor of Cork City.
Collins Barracks National Museum - Dublin
12th November: Once again our forces are divided this year as some members travel south to Cork and the library at Bishopstown, whilst others take part in our annual display at Collins Barracks in Dublin.
Bishopstown Library - Cork
12th November: After last year's successful Remembrance Day exhibition at the library we have been asked to take part again over the weekend of a week long exhibition the library are running.
Bhaile Mhic Airt National School - Waterford
26th November: We were asked to attend this 'cultural history' event by the school principal when she visited us at the Carrigtohill multi-history event back in July. The school is located in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking)area of Sean Phobal in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.