Military Museum in Athlone

Military Museum is located in Athlone (county of Westmeath)

Address: Custume Barracks, Athlone

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Phone: 090 6421000 / 086 8409400

Formerly located in Mullingar and now housed in Athlone, in addition to a fine display of weapons and swords, the museum also has a 1930 officers dress uniform and cape, which belonged to Col Joseph Dunne, a member of the Irish military mission to the United States in 1926. Another officer’s uniform, this one British from circa 1920, is thought to have belonged to Lt Col J.O.E. Vandeleur, who was later played by Michael Caine in the film ‘A Bridge too Far’, is also on display. A Brandt 120mm Heavy Mortar which saw active service in the Congo supporting operations in Katanga in late 1962 and early 1963, takes pride of place. Many historic photographs, some dating back to the 1870s, adorn the walls of the museum. The museum is open for viewing, however for security and other reasons viewing is restricted to by-appointment only basis.


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