Soldiers and Civilians:
Strokestown Park and the Irish Revolution

The Irish Heritage Trust is excited to present a specially curated Decade of Centenaries exhibition at Strokestown Park and National Famine Museum.

Curated by Dr. Darragh Gannon (University College Dublin), ‘Soldiers and Civilians: Strokestown Park and the Irish Revolution’ explores a decade of unprecedented political change and military conflict on the island of Ireland between 1912 and 1922 – First World War, 1916 Rising, War of Independence, Civil War – as experienced by both soldiers and civilians.

Displaying documents of national significance from a previously unseen private collection alongside unique artefacts from the Strokestown Park Archive, this exhibition asks new questions of the Irish Revolution, national commemoration, and the meaning of Irish identity:

  • What did it mean to be British/Irish and nationalist/unionist in early twentieth century Ireland?
  • Where were the battles for Irish independence fought, won, and lost?
  • How did it feel to survive the Irish Revolution


Examining the military record of the British Army’s East Yorkshire Regiment, stationed at Strokestown Park during the War of Independence, this exhibition further explores the personal experiences of Olive Pakenham Mahon, the last of the Anglo-Irish élite to live at Strokestown. The history of Strokestown Park and the Irish Revolution is, most powerfully, her story.

This permanent exhibition has been installed in our newly refurbished public exhibition space, the former site of the East Yorkshire Regiment gymnasium at Strokestown Park.

Opening on 30 September 2021. To book a ticket online please follow the link below.

Kindly supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture , Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme 2021
Crest of East Yorkshire Regiment on gymnasium wall at Strokestown Park
Olive Pakenham Mahon