"A fine military museum." Armagh Things to Do Tip by planxty
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Readers of my other pages will know I am a complete sucker for a military museum, I have visited them all over the world, and Armagh boasts an absolute gem.
Officially named the Royal Irish Fusiliers Regimental Museum, it actually encompasses a number of units now long disbanded or subsumed into other units. If you are interested, they are Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Irish Rangers, Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria?s), Princess Victoria?s (Royal Irish Fusiliers), 87th (or Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, 87th (Prince of Wales?s Own Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, 87th (or Prince of Wales?s Own Irish) Regiment of Foot, 87th (or Prince of Wales?s Irish) Regiment of Foot, 89th (Princess Victoria?s) Regiment of Foot, 89th Regiment of Foot, Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan Militias. The "parent" regiment for all these would now be the Royal Irish Regiment.
It is interesting to note that some of these regiments were raised in what is now a foreign country i.e. the Republic of Ireland, although Irishmen from both sides of the Border have distinguished themselves in the British Army over centuries.
The first thing to notice is the building itself, the impressive Sovereign's House, built in 1810 from stone left over from the nearby Courthouse.
Before you go in, have a look at the lintel above the door which depicts a French Eagle bearing the number 8. In the Napoleonic Wars, the Eagle was the equivalent of the British standard and it's capture was regarded as a great military feat. The monument recognises the taking of one such eagle by the regiment.
Inside, there are numerous well-laid out displays and the "Eagle Takers" display won an award on 2003. there are also two Victoria Crosses on display. If you are unaware, the VC is the highest award for bravery in the British military.
There are excellent displays from various periods of the different Regiments' history but I was rather taken by the display dealing with the lives of soldiers families in 19th cantury.
If you have any interest in military history, this place is a must.
Mon - Fri (incl Bank Holidays) 10am - 12.30pm and & 1.30 - 4pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Admission is free, although donations towards the upkeep are, obviously, welcomed.
Address: Sovereign's House, The Mall, Armagh, BT61 9Dl.
Directions: At the Courthouse end of the Mall.
Phone: +00 44 (0)283 752 2911
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