16 October 2013, Collins Barracks, Cork - Collins Barracks Open Day.

The 1st Brigade of the Defence Forces in Collins Barracks are celebrating the birthday of General Michael Collins with an Open Day in Collins Barracks, Military Hill, on Wednesday 16th October from 10am - 4pm, as part of Cork Rebel Week, associated with The Gathering 2013. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD will arrive at 10.30 am and will inspect a Guard of Honour drawn from the barracks.

Throughout the day, Military personnel will be on hand to talk visitors through the Barracks’ specially commissioned exhibitions including 'The Franco Irish Exhibition'and the 'Irish Volunteers Exhibition'both of which will be located in the Military Museum.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to see displays of modern military technology including Bomb Disposal Team Equipment and Armoured Vehicles as used at home and on overseas deployments. A Military Pipe Band and the Band of the 1st Brigade will perform at intervals throughout the day. Visitors will be given the opportunity to see at first-hand a range of rare armoured fighting vehicles from 1922 including the ‘Sliabh na mBan’, which accompanied General Collins at the Béal na mBláth ambush.

Lieutenant Colonel Pat Coleman of Collins Barracks said:

“General Michael Collins holds an exalted place in the memory of Irish people, no celebration of Cork would be complete without honouring it's greatest Military hero and this most iconic of Irishmen. For history enthusiasts the Open Day at Collins Barracks promises to be a spectacular event, one which will strike pride in the heart of Corkonians young and old.”

Excellent photo opportunities will be afforded on the dayas the public visit this barracks where history meets the modern Army. A free 'Park and Ride' facility will operate from the Bus Station in Parnell Place to Collins Barracks from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm. 

Press Release Date: 16 October 2013

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