If you have an interest in all things military, you must make your way to the Salute! Show at the National Show Centre in Swords this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, you can surround yourself with military vehicles displays, battle reenactments, and demonstrations of military training techniques.
If you want a better idea of what to expect, here is a promo video from last year’s event:
There will be more vehicles at this year’s show, including the Chieftain MBT, the Acmat VLRA, and the FV434Armoured Personnel Carriers series. This is your chance to get up close to one of these machines, and there will also be experts on hand to answer all your questions.
If you weren’t able to get to the Battle of Clontarf celebration earlier this year, Salute! Is offering a second chance to see a medieval battle reenactment, as well as battle from different eras of history. Come along as see how weapons and armies changed and evolved over the years.
As well as their stated objectives of:
- continuing to bring the public the best Military Show in Ireland
- informing and educating the public, and raising awareness of our Military History
- raising money for participating clubs, and growing membership of those clubs
- and boosting visitors to privately-held museums,
the Salute show is also dedicated to raising money for charity, with all proceeds from the event going to the Clodagh Daly Trust. Read more about Clodagh and her own battle against cancer here or on her Facebook page.
The Irish Photo Archive will be there, with prints of Irish troops heading abroad on UN missions over the years, but we will also have a wide selection of the most popular images from our collection with us. So keep an eye out for us in between the exploding cannons, the massive tanks and the medieval warriors. We’d be delighted to see you.
|50th Infantry Battalion depart for Lebanon, 15 October 1981|