Recording the Story of the 18pdr with Sgt Robert Delaney

Recording the Story of the 18pdr with Sgt Robert Delaney

Recording the Story of the 18pdr with Sgt Robert Delaney

Photos by John O’Byrne and Michael Coyne

Filming on location at the Curragh Military History Museum, Defence Forces Training Centre to record the story of the recently restored Ordnance QF 18-pounder; one of the very same that fired the opening shots of the Irish Civil War in 1922. The Ordnance 18-pdr served throughout the Great War, in the early years of the National Army, and with the Irish Defence Forces Artillery Corps up until the 1960s. This particular gun was sold off in the 1950s and disappeared across the Atlantic. As it turned out it stood guard outside a dinner in Virginia until historian Kenneth Smith-Christmas came across and recognised it as an Irish Army 18-pdr. From there he contacted Lar Joye in the National Museum of Ireland , not long after a team was on its way over to inspect the gun. Brought home to Ireland the ‘Ivy Patch Gun’ has now been fully restored to as it was in 1922 by the team at the Ordnance Corps in the Curragh Camp. You can red the full story of the Ivy Patch Gun prior to its restoration and its journey back to Ireland in Kenneth Smith-Christmas article by clicking here.


Photographs and full story to follow.
Big thank you to Sgt Robert Delaney Ordnance Corps and the team at the Curragh Military History Museum.

Supported by Kildare Decade of Commemorations

Posted in: Artillery, Heritage Site, Irish Army, Irish Defence Forces

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