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A repair train preparing to leave Cork City.1203 viewsGlass plate negative showing two soldiers from the RPRMC preparing to leave Cork City. Taken sometime between 1922 and 1924
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12th Young Officers Wings Course1202 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.1198 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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Passport photograph taken in McKee Barracks, Dublin.1193 viewsGlass plate negative showing Private McLoughlin and 3444 Sergeant Patrick Dunne from the Supply and Transport Company just before they accompanied Officers going to Switzerland for a Show Jumping Competition in 1927. Both soldiers can been seen wearing bandoliers around their shoulders.
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22nd Young Officers Wings Course1193 viewsPhotograph of the 22nd Young Officers Wings Course on the "Wings day" the 24th July 1990
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18th Cadet Class 1944-19461191 viewsPhotograph of the 18th Cadet Class taken at the Cadet School, Military College, Curragh Camp.
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Artillery gun crew conducting drill on a 18-pounder artillery piece.1189 viewsGlass plate negative showing an artillery gun crew conducting drills on an 18-pounder artillery piece, on a Mark V carriage, distinguished by its split trails, and a limber (ammunition carriage). This information combined with the Vickers steel helmets dates this glass plate sometime between 1927 and 1939.
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23rd Young Officers Wings Course1189 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 Class1186 viewsPhotograph of the 17th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" on the 12th June 1998
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IEMA-P-067-0221184 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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Present Arms(1924 Drill)1180 viewsGlass plate negative showing an enlisted soldier "presenting arms" with a Lee Enfield rifle November 1924.
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Guard of Honour 1176 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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Kit ready for inspection.1158 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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16th Young Officers Wings Course1156 viewsPhotograph of the 16th Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" the 17th June 1983
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27th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1152 viewsPhotograph of the 27th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 17th December 2009
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17th Young Officers Course1150 viewsPhotograph of the 17th Young Officers Course taken on their "Wings day" on the 3rd February 1984
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Rifle practice1149 viewsGroup of soldiers firing the Lee Enfield rifle in the Curragh Camp, County Kildare. c1928
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IEMA-P-067-0251148 viewsOfficers of the 25th Battalion relaxing after lunch outside their headquaters, Bawnjames House, New Ross – 07 June 1942. The emergency brought together not alone those who had fought in 1916 and the War of Independence but also those who who had fought on opposing sides during the Civil War.
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Two boxers sparing.1145 viewsTwo soldiers in boxing attire sparing. Note the height and reach difference. Names, dates and location is unknown.
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Volunteer Force Artillery Gun Crew1144 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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18th Young Officers Wings Course1144 viewsPhotograph of the 18th Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" in April 1986
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IEMA-P-096-0301143 viewsCamp Guard awaiting the arrival of the Orderly Officer – 25th Battalion line, Bawnjames Military Camp, New Ross, Co. Wexford – 16 August 1942.
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Officer sword drill1143 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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Home1143 viewsGraveyard scene
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Officer sword drill, McKee Barracks, Dublin.1140 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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Lewis gun crew1140 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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13th Young Officers Wings Course1140 views2/LT Brendan Keegan, 13th Young Officers Course, receiving his "Wings" on wings day the 23rd March 1972.
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Recruits swimming lesson1138 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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Gibraltar1136 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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Nice1135 viewsThe L.E. Macha clears the harbour at Nice, 6/9/48

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"port Arms" for inspection1132 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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IEMA-P-067-0311131 viewsHurry up and wait! Packing up bivouacs and blankets after an overnight Camp, Flood Hall, Kilkenny – 24 August 1944.
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Platoon in "T" formation1129 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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President John F. Kennedy Arbour Hill1127 viewsPresident John F. Kennedy studies the Arbour Hill 1916 Memorial, alongside students of the 36th Cadet Class and Commandant P. Daly, Taoiseach Mr. Sean Lemass, Commandant J. O’Brien (A.D.C. to the Taoiseach), Colonel M. Hefferon (A.D.C. to President Kennedy) and the Chief of Staff Lt. General S. McKeown, (Courtesy of the Irish Times).
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Butt party1127 viewsGlass plate negative showing a group of soldiers controlling the butts of a rifle range located in the Curragh Camp, County Kildare.
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21st Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1126 viewsPhotograph of the 21st Regular Air Corps Cadet Class on their "Wings day" the 12th December 2002
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Gibraltar1126 viewsStreet scene in Gibraltar
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Fitting of the issued belt 19241124 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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09th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1123 viewsPhotograph of the 9th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" on the 24th September 1976
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22nd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1121 viewsPhotograph of the 22nd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 17th December 2003
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Slope Arms position 3 1120 viewsGlass plate negative showing an enlisted soldier demonstrating the correct position to hold the Lee Enfield rifle while conducting the third movement of the "Slope Arms" command. For instructional purposes each command would be broken down into parts, each part would of been photographed and inserted into an instructional manual.
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IEMA-P-096-0431115 viewsA rare shot of a Mortar Crew. Mortars were in very short supply. Total Stocks in March 1940 were forty eight (48) Brandt 81 mm and one (1) Brandt 60mm. A further fifty (50) 3-Inch Mortars were supplied by Britain in late 1943. This photograph was taken during a live firing practice in the Comeragh Mountains – 09 September 1944.
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Gibraltar1112 viewsGroup including the officers of the H.M.S. Childers taken on board the L.E. Macha at Gibraltar
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Horse on Bridle, McKee Barracks.1111 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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19th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1108 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 Class1103 viewsPhotograph of the 4th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 16th September 1969
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20th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1102 viewsPhotograph of the 20th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 22nd November 2001
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Recruit weapons training1101 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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Gibraltar1100 viewsStreet scene in Gibraltar
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20th Young Officers Wings Course1099 viewsPhotograph of the 20th Young Officers Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 24th June 1988
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21st Young Officers Wings Course1097 viewsPhotograph of the 21st Young Officers Wings Course taken on their "Wings day" the 2nd June 1989
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Gibraltar1096 viewsGroup taken just before L.E. Macha left Gibraltar for home
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23rd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1092 viewsPhotograph of the 23rd Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" the 16th September 2004
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06th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class1091 viewsPhotograph of the 6th Regular Air Corps Cadet Class taken on their "Wings day" in July 1973
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Officer sword drill1090 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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Gibraltar1090 viewsOn bridge of L.E. Macha entering Gibraltar
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Short Service Class 19391088 viewsPhotograph of members from the "Short Service Class" taken at Baldonnell Aerodrome in 1939 on their "Wings day"
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Gibraltar1088 viewsThe L.E. Macha is passed out by a destroyer heading for England from Gibraltar
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Officer sword drill1084 viewsGlass plate negative showing an Officer dismounted with his sword drawn, held horizontally to the right at shoulder height.Taken in McKee Barracks, Dublin, in 1927. Conducted under the supervision of Comdt Scott (Officers' Drill) Captain O'Dwyer and Comdt Ryan.
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Gibraltar1082 viewsGroup taken at Colonial Hospital, Gibraltar on occasion of visit of officers from L.E. Macha
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