Portrait Collection of the Irish Defence Forces
The Defence Forces Headquarters Mess in McKee Barracks, Dublin, houses a unique collection of portraits of all the Chiefs of Staff. Begun in the 1950s and continued unbroken through the generosity of the mess members and the State, this collection is an exceptional record of leadership and it contains many works by the most notable Irish portrait painters from the 1950s to the present day.
This book reproduces the collection with superb full-colour images of the paintings, each accompanied by detailed entries on the Chief-of-Staff's career and that of the artist. As Commander in Chief of the Defence Force, The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese contributed the foreword, with a series of essays on the historical and artistic aspects of the collection being provided by experts in the field.
On the sixtieth anniversary of the delivery of the first portrait, that of General Collins, to McKee Officers Mess, this limited edition is a timely and lasting record of the collection.