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A new exhibition will run in EPIC from 22 January – 22 February about soldier Laval Graf Nugent von Westmeath, born in County Westmeath in 1777.

From the 16th century onwards a sizeable contingent of those who left Ireland were dispossessed and defeated rebel soldiers, commonly referred to as ‘the Wild Geese’. They went on to serve in armies and navies across the European continent often in distinct ‘Irish Brigades’.

Laval Nugent ranks among the most distinguished of this elite cadre of noble Irish émigrés and rose to the very top of the Habsburg military and social establishment in the 19th century. Among his notable achievements, Nugent defeated Napoleon’s brother in law in battle, liberated Rome from the French, founded his own museum and campaigned for Croatian independence. He was even made a Papal Prince in 1816 for driving Joachim Murat from Italy.

Throughout his lifetime he developed a strong affinity for the Croatian people, their heritage and their culture and the archaeological collections he assembled can still be viewed in the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb.

This exhibition is included as part of entry to EPIC.

Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Dr Reiner and Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl of Dail Eireann launching the exhibition on 22 January