Although almost one million Irish people served in World War I and World War II, their stories have often gone untold. Medals were placed in boxes and stowed away, along with their personal histories and war stories. Many never returned, and were laid to rest in allied graves all over the world, their names and contributions forgotten.
Listowel Military Tattoo was set up to remember and commemorate the Irish people who have served since World War I, along with the men and women of the Defence Forces, Garda Síochana, and Coast Guard. Through reenactments, ceremonies and talks, it’s an opportunity to highlight the Irish legacy in war while honouring those who fought.
The committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers from Listowel, in North Kerry. Each was drawn to the festival through their own family histories or interest in the subject. Since 2013, the festival has attracted visitors and veterans from all over the world, and has become one of Ireland’s finest military festivals.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."
Ode of Remembrance, Laurence Binyon