4th and 5th class recently learned about the history and geography of Limerick City, and on Monday February 24th, were given the opportunity to visit the Sarsfield Army Barracks. On arrival, we met with Second Lieutenant Mick Moriarty and Second Lieutenant Tony Smith, who gave us a tour of the barracks. We were surprised to learn that there are 500 soldiers stationed there! We saw all the different buildings and learned about the rules and responsibilities that soldiers must uphold. At the moment the 12th battalion are setting up a museum, so we got to see old uniforms, rifles from the Civil War, World War II gas masks, flags, photos from when the barracks was burned down and more. Then we went outside for a fascinating weapons display from several other soldiers. It was so cool, we got to hold the weapons and were amazed at how heavy they were. We even got to sit inside a tank and see the special cameras that are used in missions to survey over 10km away! Lieutenants Moriarty and Smith were very friendly and patient and answered all of our questions. It was a great experience that we’ll never forget!