PEOPLE are being asked to contribute to a newly announced exhibition focusing on Limerick’s military heritage, spanning nearly three centuries, from the Sieges of Limerick in 1690-91 to the end of the First World War.
Limerick Museum and Archives says the exhibition, entitled Stand Up and Fight, due to be held in April, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign (April 1915 - January 1916) which claimed the lives of 800 members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
The exhibition intends to feature both Limerick’s ties to international military campaigns and the social and economic effects of these at home.
Supported by the Limerick Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Irish Naval Association, the exhibition will be preceded by a road-show at Limerick City and County Council civic buildings, Merchant’s Quay, on Saturday, January 24 from 12pm to 5pm.
Military experts will be in attendance to speak with members of the public interested in donating images, letters, stories, medals, objects relating the experience of Limerick people at times of combat.
“While much of the exhibition will be concerned with the participation of Limerick men and women in the First World War, it will also deal with Limerick’s long military and naval tradition. From the departure of the Wild Geese in 1691 with Sarsfield to the dressing of international armies by Tait’s clothing factory Limerick’s history is intrinsically linked with military history,” said Limerick archivist Jacqui Hayes.
Among the exhibition themes will be the regiments that drew their recruits from Limerick; the campaigns in which Limerick soldiers fought such as the Napoleonic, Crimean and Boer Wars; famous Limerick generals; Limerick’s participation in the First World War, and Limerick recruitment in other countries such as the USA, France and Australia will also be covered, along with Limerick’s naval tradition.