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Defence Forces Open Day 2023

The Irish Defence Forces will host an Open Day this Saturday 29 July, from 11am – 5pm in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. This open day is a free event for all members of the public to attend.

Highlights on the day include: weapons displays, unarmed combat demonstrations, musical recitals by the Army Band, equitation school riders, recruitment stand, adventure training stand, Special Forces, SERE (Survival, Escape & Evasion, Resistance to Interrogation, Extraction) display, medical corps and military police interactive stands and capability demonstrations from the three services – Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.

If that’s not enough, there’ll be vehicle displays including vintage vehicles, cavalry and military motorbikes, MOWAGs (Armoured Personnel Carrier), an AW139 Air Corps Helicopter and Naval Service RHIBs.

There will also be a kids play area, a food market and music on the day.

It is an opportunity for the public to interact with Defence Forces personnel and equipment. So why not come down this Saturday, talk to our fantastic personnel and learn more about the work we do in the Irish Defence Forces!!!




Commandant Gemma Fagan, Defence Forces Press Officer if you would like a Defence Forces spokesperson to speak about this event on air or give any further information.

Mobile: 087-248 2130


Notes to Editors

Parking - there will be no parking on site in Farmleigh House on the day of the event. There are plenty of park and ride / walk options.

By Bicycle

Bike parking for 200 bikes is available right in the heart of all the activities at Farmleigh House.

By Car

There is no parking for cars at the event so please use the following options which ALL must be pre-booked with the links below:

Castleknock College Park & Walk to Farmleigh (Disabled parking available here with option to book taxi to event)

McKee Barracks Park & Ride

Shuttle Bus service from Parkgate St. to Survey Road (return trip)