The Artillery Club was honoured when the President of Ireland, Michael D. O’Higgins, received members of the Club and their spouses during the course of the Field Trip to Áras an Uachtaráin and the Equitation School on 25 April.

Following refreshments, the Group was brought on a conducted tour of Áras an Uachtaráin by Commandant Brian Walsh and Sergeant John Grennan.

The tour included the Entrance Hall, Francini Corridor, Visitors’ Gallery, the State Reception Room, State Dining Room, State Drawing Room, and the Council of State Room.

After lunch in the Defence Forces Headquarters Officers’ Mess, Commandant Sharon Crean, Commanding Officer of the Army Equitation School, provided the Group with a comprehensive brief on the mission and the impressive achievements of the School since its establishment in 1926.

Promoting the Irish horse, the Equitation School participates in national and international events at the highest level.

The School acts as a significant public relations agent for Ireland, the Defence Forces and the Irish horse.

The extensive tour of the Equitation School culminated with a parade and profile descriptions of some of the younger horses such as MHS Gabhran, Rathbourne and Kilrue.

Photographs by Paul Pakenham, Rosemarie Twomey, Eoin O’Curry and Padraic McDunphy.

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