'Salute' military exhibition to return to Swords this weeknd
THE country's largest military exhibition is making a return to Swords this weekend when 'Salute' comes to National Show Centre.
August 30 and 31 will see our military past on show at the Swords venue in the centenary year of World War I.
Ireland's military past has never been so much on everyone's mind as it is now, with the centenary of the Great War, and the so-called 'Decade of Centenaries' around the birth of the nation.
Virtually every town and village on the island of Ireland, and almost every family, was affected by those dramatic events of 100 years ago.
A few years ago, a group individuals who have a love of our military heritage came together to help preserve that heritage, and to attempt to explain it to a modern public.
The Association of Irish Military Enthusiasts (AIME) was formed and this weekend, Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. AIME will hold its 8th annual Military Vehicle and Re-enactment show, Salute 2014 at the National Show Centre in Swords.
Salute is growing year on year, with crowds in excess of 5,000 expected over the two days of the show, where visitors will get an insight to life on the home front and on the front line.
There will be re-enactments ranging from the Roman, Viking and Napoleonic eras, through Irelands struggle for independence and the Great War, to the Second World War and beyond.
Salute is the only show in Ireland where visitors will witness what has been regarded in previous shows the 'star of the show': the 63 ton Chieftain Main Battle Tank.
This beast will rattle, rumble and grind its way around the outdoor driving arena; it will be joined by the 'lighter' 16 ton FV432 and FV434 Armoured Personnel Carriers, and the 5 ton 'baby' Fox Armoured Car.
The National Show Centre is unique in that there are 3,5000 square feet of indoor exhibition space, and so, the show is weatherproof.
There will be numerous static displays, more vehicles, weapons, radios, medals and regalia.
The Irish Photographic Archive will be on hand for visitors to browse the thousands of photographs that have already been digitized, while still having many more to do.
The Irish UN Veterans Association, Leinster Blood Bike, and Alpha Dogs Ireland are just some of the contributors to this years show. There will be several stalls where you can snap up a bargain, and kit yourself out.
So, if you are interested in Ireland' military heritage, and what it means in the Ireland and the world of today, Salute 2014 is the show to visit.
It is for everyone and for all ages. Like us on Facebook, or visit the website www.salute.ie
The exhibition is open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at €20 for a family, €8 for adult, and €5 for a child.