An evening of regimental music in the grounds of Enniskillen Castle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

A Beating Retreat will be held at iconic Enniskillen Castle on the banks of the Erne, bringing together for the first time in Northern Ireland the Irish Defence Forces Army No.1 Band and the Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment.

Neil Armstrong, Curator-Manager of the Inniskillings Museum, said: 'This is a highly significant event honouring the Irish sacrifice at the Somme. Every county on this island was touched by the war and this is a unique history-making occasion to commemorate the actions of the two divisions through the combined musical talents of the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Defence Forces.'

The 16th and 36th Divisions were authorised in September 1914, and reflected in their composition the differing political and religious divisions in Ireland which had brought the country to the brink of civil war in early 1914. The 16th (Irish) Division’s soldiers were mainly nationalist, Catholic and loyal to the idea of Irish self-government.

Many of them had been in the Irish Volunteer Movement to defend Home Rule. The 36th (Ulster) Division’s men were largely unionist, Protestant and loyal to the Empire. Many of them had been in the Ulster Volunteer Force to oppose Home Rule. 

The Beating Retreat is a standing-only outdoor event with gates opening at 5pm and the performance commencing promptly at 6pm.

Admission is by ticket only, priced £8 each, and are available from the Inniskillings Museum reception at Enniskillen Castle, through the museum’s online shop at or by calling the museum office on 028 6632 3142.

Event Details


Enniskillen Castle
BT74 7HL


Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 17:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

Gates open at 5pm. Beating Retreat commences at 6pm.

Please note this is a ticket-only event.

For updates on this event visit The Inniskillings Museum on Facebook or Twitter.