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L.E. Macha922 viewsPainting on board the L.E. Macha at sea
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Artillery soldier, McKee Barracks.921 viewsAn artillery soldier (Recruit) posing for a photograph in McKee barracks sometime between 1940-1960. Notice the white lanyard and artillery collar badges on his uniform.
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L.E. Macha920 viewsPorpoises don't make good sitters for photographs
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12th Young Officers Wings Course919 viewsPhotograph of the 12th Young Officers Wings Course taken in 1969. Two Officers who graduated from this course were 2/LT Brian Hickey and 2/LT Tom Croke.
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Repairing the Douglas Viaduct, Cork.918 viewsGlass plate negative showing soldiers from the Railway Protection, Repair and Maintenance Corps repairing the Douglas Viaduct in Cork that was damaged during the Civil War. For more information see An tOglach Vol 1 No 5 (new Series) 21st April 1923.
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A repair train preparing to leave Cork City.918 viewsGlass plate negative showing two soldiers from the RPRMC preparing to leave Cork City. Taken sometime between 1922 and 1924
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The salute with rifle917 viewsGlass plate negative showing a soldier demonstrating the salute with arms.Photographed under supervision of Colonel P O'Connor and Major T Lalor of the Training and Operations branch at the tennis grounds in General Head Quarters on the 1st May 1925.
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27th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class911 viewsPhotograph of the 27th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 17th December 2009
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18th Cadet Class 1944-1946906 viewsPhotograph of the 18th Cadet Class taken at the Cadet School, Military College, Curragh Camp.
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22nd Young Officers Wings Course901 viewsPhotograph of the 22nd Young Officers Wings Course on the "Wings day" the 24th July 1990
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23rd Young Officers Wings Course899 viewsPhotograph of the 23rd Young Officers Wings Course on their "Wings day" the 14th June 1991
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17th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class897 viewsPhotograph of the 17th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" on the 12th June 1998
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Kit ready for inspection.895 viewsGlass plate negative of a soldier kit ready for inspection. The glass plate shows the soldiers Lee Enfield rifle, combat webbing with scabbard attached, uniform, issued mug and plate, and bedding. Possible taken between 1922-1950
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21st Regular Air Corps Cadet Class890 viewsPhotograph of the 21st Regular Air Corps Cadet Class on their "Wings day" the 12th December 2002
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Officer sword drill887 viewsGlass plate negative showing a mounted officer with his sword drawn and being held vertically. Taken in McKee Barracks in 1927 for a Sword Drill Manual. Conducted under the supervision of Comdt Scott.
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Recruits swimming lesson885 viewsGlass plate negative showing a section of recruits receiving a diving lesson, an instructor can be seen on the left describing what the diver on the diving board is doing.
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16th Young Officers Wings Course884 viewsPhotograph of the 16th Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" the 17th June 1983
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09th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class880 viewsPhotograph of the 9th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" on the 24th September 1976
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Two boxers sparing.879 viewsTwo soldiers in boxing attire sparing. Note the height and reach difference. Names, dates and location is unknown.
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Fitting of the issued belt 1924877 viewsGlass plate negative showing a soldier from the 26th Infantry Battalion demonstrating how to fit and wear the army issue belt, under the supervision of Commandant McManus.
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17th Young Officers Course877 viewsPhotograph of the 17th Young Officers Course taken on their "Wings day" on the 3rd February 1984
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President John F. Kennedy Green Park, Limerick876 viewsPresident John F. Kennedy entertains the crowds gathered at Green Park Race Course, Limerick as he receives the Freedom of the City. Copy image held in the Private Collection of Lt. General S. McKeown.
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22nd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class873 viewsPhotograph of the 22nd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 17th December 2003
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Volunteer Force Artillery Gun Crew872 viewsVolunteer Force Artillery gun crew being put through their drills under the supervision from a Regular Army NCO. Soldiers can be seen turning an 18-pdr field gun outside of the Officers Mess in McKee Barracks, Dublin, sometime between 1934-1939. These particular 18-pdr field guns were provided to the National Army by the British Forces in June 1922.
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Nice872 viewsThe L.E. Macha clears the harbour at Nice, 6/9/48

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Guard of Honour 871 viewsSoldiers preparing for a Guard of Honour possibly on the grounds of St Patrick's College in Maynooth, Dublin. Note their weapons rifles are placed on the ground in front of them in the position that they are to fall back into. Clerical men can be seen beside the soldiers and also talking to Officers in front of the Soldiers. The "Tommy" helmets the soldiers are wearing indicate that this picture was taken after 1939.
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Officer sword drill, McKee Barracks, Dublin.870 viewsGlass plate negative showing an unmounted officer with his sword drawn resting on shoulder his left shoulder, under supervision of Captain Nolan at McKee Barracks, Dublin, in 1927.
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13th Young Officers Wings Course865 views2/LT Brendan Keegan, 13th Young Officers Course, receiving his "Wings" on wings day the 23rd March 1972.
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18th Young Officers Wings Course864 viewsPhotograph of the 18th Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" in April 1986
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Lewis gun crew863 viewsA Lewis gun crew in a firing position during a training exercise prior to WW2. Notice the Vickers steel helmet the two soldiers are wearing.This helmet was introduced into the Defence forces in 1927 until 1939.
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20th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class863 viewsPhotograph of the 20th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 22nd November 2001
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19th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class861 viewsPhotograph of the 19th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" on the 10th November 2000
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04th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class853 viewsPhotograph of the 4th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 16th September 1969
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06th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class852 viewsPhotograph of the 6th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" in July 1973
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Horse on Bridle, McKee Barracks.849 viewsGlass plate negative showing a horse named "Vixen" on the bridle being held by a soldier from the Equitation school, which was under the command of the Supply and Transport Corps at that time.
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21st Young Officers Wings Course849 viewsPhotograph of the 21st Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" the 2nd June 1989
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Home848 viewsGraveyard scene
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President John F. Kennedy New Ross846 viewsPresident John F. Kennedy, enjoying light refreshments with the people of New Ross. (Courtesy of the Irish Times).
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Present Arms(1924 Drill)846 viewsGlass plate negative showing an enlisted soldier "presenting arms" with a Lee Enfield rifle November 1924.
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23rd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class846 viewsPhotograph of the 23rd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 16th September 2004
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President John F. Kennedy Dublin Airport845 viewsPresident Kennedy accompanied by Captain Byrne and Colonel M. Hefferon, accredited A.D.C, during his inspection of the Guard of Honour drawn from the Eastern Command, Dublin Airport. Copy image held in the Private Collection of Lt Gen Sean McKeown.
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Gibraltar845 viewsGroup taken on the occasion of the visit of officers of the L.E. Macha to the Colonial Hospital in Gibraltar. Left to Right (standing) Matron O'Reilly, Sister Maureen Gillan (kneeling), Belle Johnston.
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Recruit weapons training842 viewsGlass plate negative showing a Corporal demonstrating how to fire a practice grenade (Anti-tank) from a Lee Enfield Rifle to a group of eight recruits holding Lee Enfield rifles with grenades attached, wearing battlefield webbing.
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"port Arms" for inspection842 viewsGlass plate negative showing a soldier conducting part of a movement that was to be carried out once given the command "Port Arms", taken in November 1924.
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Platoon in "T" formation842 viewsGlass plate negative showing a platoon of soldiers preparing to form up in "T" formation.Supervised by Col O'Connell, Army School of Instruction, Curragh Camp, in conjunction with Captain Fulham. Taken at the Curragh plains, Kildare, on 27th January 1928.
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Gibraltar842 viewsStreet scene in Gibraltar
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20th Young Officers Wings Course839 viewsPhotograph of the 20th Young Officers Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 24th June 1988
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36th Cadet Class and Military Instructor838 views36th Cadet Class and Military Instructors, 1961 – 1963 (Courtesy of DFTC)
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24th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class838 viewsPhotograph of the 24th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 9th March 2006
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Short Service Class 1939838 viewsPhotograph of members from the "Short Service Class" taken at Baldonnell Aerodrome in 1939 on their "Wings day"
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Nice838 viewsQuartermaster Hickey at the wheel of the L.E. Macha en route for Nice
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IEMA-P-067-022836 viewsThe critical shortage of equipment was exemplified by the lack of anti-armour weapons. In March 1940, the army possessed one 57 mm anti-tank gun and fourty-one Boyes .55inch anti-tank rifles. Only a further 6 guns and 100 rifles were delievered by the end of the Emergency.
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Officer sword drill834 viewsGlass plate negative showing an Officer mounted on horseback with his Sword drawn at the salute in McKee Barracks, Dublin. Conducted under supervision of Comdt Scott (Officers' Drill) Captain O'Dwyer and Comdt Ryan.Taken on the 16 August 1927.
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An tUachtarán, Eamon DeValera and President John F. Kennedy832 viewsAn tUachtarán, Eamon DeValera, formally welcomes President John F. Kennedy “A Uachtaráin Uasail. In aimn mhuintir na h-Eireann uile agus thar a gceann cuirim céad míle fáilte romhat […]”, Dublin Airport (Courtesy of the Irish Times).
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28th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class829 viewsPhotograph of the 28th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 9th December 2010
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Gibraltar828 viewsStreet scene in Gibraltar
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Hurling team in Croke Park826 viewsAn army hurling team sitting and posing for a picture with a gunner and other uniformed men and civilians in front of a stand in Croke Park, Dublin.
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An tUachtarán Eamon DeValera and President John F. Kennedy Dublin Airport824 viewsPresident John F. Kennedy, accompanied by An tUachtarán, Eamon DeValera acknowledges the assembled crowds gathered at Dublin Airport, following the welcome reception on the tarmac of Dublin Airport, (Courtesy of the Irish Times).
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Gibraltar823 viewsGroup including the officers of the H.M.S. Childers taken on board the L.E. Macha at Gibraltar
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07th Young Officers Wings Course822 viewsPhotograph of the 7th Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" in 1964
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