Wexford Arnhem Veteran Honoured By People of Netherlands At a special Covid ceremony in Enniscorthy Castle on 18 September, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, HE Adriaan Palm (from Arnhem), honoured Wexfordman Mr. Sam Kendrick, the last known Irish veteran of the Battle of Arnhem, for his
Roundtable Discussion in the Somme Museum Spent a very enjoyable and engaging day in the Somme Museum discussing future projects supported by the Dep. of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, focusing on Ireland and the Great War, and exploring Irish identity, diversity and reconciliation. Thank you to the museum
Pipers, Buglers, Trumpeters, Cornet Players, Town Criers and Churches around the world took part in the important commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, better known as VJ Day: the day the war not only ended in the Pacific, but also the day the Second World
Two Kildare Veterans Tell Their Story Interview with Sergeant Sharon McNamara and Sergeant Major Billy Redmond On Friday 7 August we met up with two retired Kildare veterans to record their stories: Sergeant Sharon McNamara and Sergeant Major Billy Redmond.Sharon comes from a long line of military service with
Victory Over Japan On 10 August 1945, Japan put made an offer of surrender, however, it took several days for the exact terms of the surrender to be agreed. When news of this initial offer broke, cities, towns, and villages around the world took to the streets to celebrate.
Farewell Delta13Charlie: We salute You It is with very heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of Michael Coyne. Michael has been a huge supporter of our work along with his son Michel Coyne junior: our videographer. Our sincere condolences to his family and comrades.
Celbridge’s Victoria Cross – Lieutenant Colonel John Augustus Conolly Project: Celbridge’s Military Story It as a real honour today to visit the graveside of Celbridge’s own Victoria Cross recipient at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin: Lieutenant Colonel John Augustus Conolly. Growing up in Celbridge I knew nothing of this
In a virtual ceremony on 24 July, the United States Congress, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honour, to all living and dead crew members of the USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35); which was sunk by Japanese torpedoes 75 years ago on 30 July 1945. The ceremony was broadcast on
Ireland Deploys to Congo 60 Years Ago Today 60 years ago today, Ireland deployed troops on its first battalion size United Nations deployment. The Congo became independent from Belgium on 30 June 1960, in turn triggering a sequence of destabilising events. The Belgian commander, Lieutenant General Émile Janssens, refused
Interview with Dr. Cathal Berry TD Project: Kildare’s Veterans’ Story Taking part in our Kildare’s Veterans’ Story project today was Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces veteran Dr Cathal Berry TD in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Cathal is an Independent TD for the constituency of Kildare South. Cathal is
Celbridge’s Lost Son – Private Robert Beveridge Over the past year and half we have been researching for our first project – Celbridge’s Military Story. This project has led us down history trails we never envisaged. A project by the History Squad in Scoil Na Mainistreach on Celbridge’s casualties
The annual National Day of Commemoration took place today at 11:00a, today to commemorate all those Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. The principal ceremony was held in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, with smaller events taken
The Annual Ceremony of Commemoration and Wreath-laying took place today at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge. Due to Covid 19, restrictions were in place and a smaller ceremony was held in the Rose Garden.The event was arranged and led by the Royal British Legion Republic of
Anyone who has served in the Irish Defence Forces will be very familiar with the Glen of Imaal in the heart of Wicklow. In typical military fashion every training exercise or time on the range in this area is marked with either cold lashing rain or relentless attacks by
Walking Dublin Bay’s Martello Towers At 5:00am yesterday morning Peter Molloy headed off on his 26-mile walk along the coast of Dublin Bay from Bray to Howth. In aid of Waterloo Uncovered. Peter followed the trail of the remaining Napoleonic era Martello Towers. We joined him at Dalkey and
The Battle of Waterloo 18 June 1815, is one of the most defining battles in world history. For the Emperor Napoleon: victory was everything. Facing him were two armies of the Seventh Coalition: consisting of units from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick and Nassau, the Anglo-Dutch army
Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace Today marks the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. It offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the UN and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives
75th Anniversary Victory in Europe Day On Monday 7 May 1945, General Alfred Jodl, Adolf Hitler’s military advisor, controller of German High Command and Chief of the Operations Staff, signed the surrender of all German forces in in Allied General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters, Rheims, France. A radio broadcast
Liberation of Sr Kate McCarthy – 75th Anniversary The 75th anniversary of World War II brought out thousands of stories from veterans, those that lived through it, and family descendants. A heroine nun from Cork is not the story you would expect to hear when talking about the French
ANZAC Day 2020 Updated: 25 April 2020 The Australian Embassy in Ireland has confirmed that the annual ANZAC Day dawn service for 2020 at Grangegorman Military Cemetery will not go ahead this year due to Covid 19 restrictions. They ask all of you to stay home and stay safe.
Historic Moment for The Royal Irish Regiment On St. Patrick’s Day, the new Regimental Flag was officially raised for the first time. It was designed with legacy and courage at its core; based on the Royal Ulster Rifles’ WWII shoulder flash. It is a symbol which is important to
New Jackals Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry first published: 27 February 2020 On 23 February members of B (North Irish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry – who are paired with the Regular Army’s Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – marked the end of a 2-week course camp
We had the pleasure today of meeting two of Ireland’s leading aviation historians – Corporal Michael Whelan (Museum Curator) and Tony Kearns (Volunteer historian) – at the Air Corps Museum, Casement Aerodrome. The Air Corps museum is a credit to the service. A dedicated team help record and preserve
Researching Military Records 1750s – 1860s It was great to meet and talk to the genealogy students from University College Cork and University of Limerick about tracing Irish soldiers from the 18th and 19th century. The Irish in the American Revolution and American Civil War were two focused topics
Passing of Major General David O’Morchoe We share the sad news of the passing of Major General David O’Morchoe, CB, CBE, KLJ.Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Living in Tara Hill Gorey Wexford for many years. General O’Morchoe was born in 1928. A prominent figure in veteran’s
Glasnevin Honours Ireland’s Great War Fallen Photos by Michael Coyne It was an honour to attend a poignant ceremony marking Armistice Day at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, yesterday. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan TD; Councillor Gary Gannon, on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin;
Dignitaries, members of the Irish Defence Forces, veterans, family, and members of the public turned out in the rain today at Grangegorman Military Cemetery to remember those who served and lost their lives during the Great War. The annual remembrance event is co-hosted by the OPW and Claddagh Branch
It was an honour for Ireland’s Military Story/The Irish Military Heritage Foundation to be invited to the annual Great War commemoration in Woodenbridge, County Wicklow. In beautiful surroundings on the banks of the river Aughrim at Woodenbridge county Wicklow is the Woodenbridge World War One Memorial Park. The memorial
Sergeant Noel McGivern: retired Emergency and United Nations veteran with the Irish Defence Forces. Project: Dublin Port’s Emergency Story This week we had the pleasure of meeting Noel McGivern and his wife Patsy. Noel gave us a remarkable insight into life in the early Defence Forces. His father Daniel
First published 22 June 2019. Updated 7 October 2019. 21 June marked a significant day in Irish Air Corps history, after 47 years the Reims FR172H was stood down from operational service.These aircraft were purchased in 1972 for border surveillance operations & served in various roles since then from
Western Front Association Conference Thank you to the The Western Front Association for their hospitality on Saturday at their conference in Dublin Port. Our team at the event thoroughly enjoyed the day and the speakers’ contributionsThe conference examined the legacy and aftermath of the First World War.The event was
Cork’s Arnhem Victoria CrossFlight Lieutenant David Lord 75 years ago, Allied forces in Europe launched Operation Market Garden: an air and land operation derived to drive a 103km salient in German occupied Netherlands and establish a bridgehead over the River Rhine. Market Garden consisted of two sub-operations:Market – an
Dublin Port’s Emergency StoryLDF veteran – Oliver Joseph Doyle As part of our newest project on Dublin Port during the Emergency (1939 – 1946) period we met today and interviewed Oliver Joseph Doyle from Stella Gardens, Irishtown, Dublin. Oliver who is 98, worked as a iron moulder, but during
Dublin Port’s Emergency Story We are pleased to announce a wonderful project for the Dublin Port Company that will tell the story of the Emergency (1939 – 1946) in Dublin; in particular the defence of Dublin and the port. If you are a veteran or there is a veteran
Kildare’s War of Independence Story The War of Independence (1919 – 1921) turned Ireland upside down. In a series for Kildare Decade of Commemorations we will be telling the story of this period in Kildare with the help of local historians we will be telling the stories of attacks
On 11 November, 1918, the guns fell silent across frontlines spanning several continents. Some ten million military personnel and eight million civilians lost their lives. Millions of others were severally wounded, many went on to live with hidden wounds that haunted them for the rest of their lives. The
The National Day of Commemoration is held on the Sunday closest to the 11th July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. The event normally takes place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, but on two occasions in the past it has on taken place in
The annual ceremony of commemoration and wreath-laying at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge is arranged and led by the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District with the co-operation and assistance of the Irish State. This major Battle of the Somme anniversary event commemorates those who
Our First Project – Celbridge’s Military Story The Irish Military Heritage Foundation CLG has been awarded a grant under the Kildare County Council Heritage Grant Scheme 2019. The grant has been awarded towards the Foundation’s inaugural project – Celbridge’s Military Story. This will be a series of short online
Well done to everyone involved in another brilliant weekend of military history at the 13th Annual Irish Military Vehicle Group Show at Naas Racecourse County Kildare on Saturday and Sunday.One of the highlights of this year’s show was the Veteran’s Parade hosted by Irish United Nations Veterans Association.
Call Out To Celbridge LDF/FCÁ In the past Celbridge has had several military units of it’s own; a company of Irish Volunteers was formed in 1779 known as the Castletown Union, the Castletown Union Volunteers or the Castletown Volunteers. This unit was reformed into the Celbridge Volunteers in 1784;
Anzac Day is the solemn national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to remember all those soldiers who have fought and died for their country. It is marked annually on the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 during the First World War. This year is the
Photos by Michael Coyne and Wesley Bourke Celebrations took place today in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, to mark the 90 anniversary of the formation of Reserve Defence Forces. Although reserve elements had been experimented with by the fledgling Irish Defence Forces the first formal reserve component
Happy Birthday Lt. Col. Ned Cusack 100 Years Old Photos by Michael Coyne Renmore Barracks, Galway, had a very special guest on Friday: Lieutenant Colonel Ned Cusack who turned 100 on 1 March. A veteran turning 100 is not a daily occurrence; especially a former member of 1st Infantry
In Friendship and In ServiceSupporting the RAF FamilyThe Royal Air Force Association, Republic of Ireland By Wesley Bourke Photos by Michael Coyne Published in Winter 2017 edition Founded in 1929, the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) is committed to providing confidential, professional and fair services to members of the
Published: Winter 2017 edition Keeping in line with our Royal Air Force theme we decided to pay a visit to the largest collection of aircraft on the island of Ireland – the Ulster Aviation Collection. Housed within an ex-Second World War hangar at Maze Long Kesh, outside Lisburn, Co.
Published: Winter 2017 edition Regarded as the ‘brains’ of the family, Joe left his family home after completing his studies at St. Finian’s College; he was 19 years old. He left behind his parents, Elizabeth and Joseph, and four siblings, Bridie, Willie, Kathleen, and Lilly. He was talented at
The RAF’s Best Fighters Are On the Ground Interview with Frank Brien, Royal Air Force Association (ROI) Published: Winter 2017 edition Seeking adventure Frank Brien served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1963-1968. Within a very short time, he found himself in Cyprus, Aden and Bahrain with the
Published: Winter 2017 edition Born 5 January 1921, John Brennan was an Irishman who need not have fought in the war at all. John Brennan joins the Royal Air Force A sense of adventure, however, and the need to escape an over-bearing mother took him from his village in
Ireland’s Emergency Fortress Fort Shannon, County Kerry By Pat Dargan Photos by author and Ken Mooney Published in Autumn 2017 edition During the Second World War a vast range of forts and military defence installations were constructed across the European war zone. These included, for example, the German Atlantic
Ireland’s Military Story began in 2014 as a print and digital magazine with a vision of bringing together all of Ireland’s military history and heritage from Ireland’s past in all its manifestations; and to highlight and promote the impact and legacy of the Irish and its Diaspora. The publication’s core values were based around telling the personal stories of Ireland’s military tradition; specifically, through veterans’ and family accounts. These accounts tell the story of Irish men and women who served and made sacrifices for our today and our future. They and their exploits should be remembered and treasured as a lasting mark of respect and honour. Ireland’s military story is complex and diverse; it is part of Ireland’s culture, heritage, and identity; and offers a platform for reconciliation.
With a dedicated production team and passionate contributors, Ireland’s Military Story brought to life the brave exploits and recognition of the service of Irish military personnel throughout Ireland’s past and highlighted their contribution in recent decades to international peace and security both at home and within the Diaspora.
Ireland’s Military Story and its ethos has evolved and become the flagship programme of The Irish Military Heritage Foundation CLG (Charity No: (RCN) 20203159).
Our Why –
To record and tell Ireland’s military story and inspire others to do the same.
Our Vision –
To bring together Ireland’s military story in all its manifestations and help gain a better understanding of Ireland’s culture, heritage, and identity.
What We Do –
The recording and preserving the personal stories told by serving personnel, veterans, and those that went before them is at the core of everything we do.
How we achieve this –
Through Ireland’s Military Story’s website and channel which provide a platform with the latest news from those in service in Ireland and throughout the Diaspora; promote Ireland’s military history and heritage; and reach out to veterans to tell their story. Multimedia projects are undertaken at a local and national level that explore specific areas of Ireland’s military story. In addition, our work is complemented by the research and contributions made by passionate archivists, curators, family descendants, genealogists, heritage officers, historians, and students. These projects are designed and structured with education in mind; teachers, along with students and members of the public are able to access content for free to utilise on their interactive white boards, tablets, and or lesson plans.
Contributors are welcome to submit articles that will be published on the website. We strongly encourage the capturing and recording of family, local, and veterans accounts.
Collections of photographs or documents submitted or accompanying the submitted work will be attributed to the stipulated author, the family, or veteran.
For contributors wishing to submit referenced work please use Irish Historical Studies Rules For Contributors.
Projects under Ireland’s Military Story are developed by utilising multimedia formats including: online articles, digital media, live broadcasts, video production, and web production; ensuring that all ages and demographics are reached; historians, members of the public, Diaspora, students, teachers, and tourists.
There are currently several projects in production with funding and support provided by Kildare County Council Heritage Office, Creative Ireland, Dublin Port Company, the Somme Association/Museum, and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Celbridge’s Military Story – a local heritage project in Celbridge County Kildare exploring the military history and heritage of the area. The project highlights how quickly history can be forgotten and lost unless it is recorded for future generations.
Dublin Port’s Emergency Story – this project was inspired by the passing of the 75th anniversary of the Emergency period in Ireland 1939 – 1946. There are only a handful of Irish Defence Forces veterans left from this period. Their story is considered by us a national treasure. This project has been complemented by heritage interviews with historians in the Irish Air Corps Museum and John Ambulance Archives regarding their organisation’s role during the period.
Kildare’s Veterans’ Story – County Kildare has a long military tradition and is home to thousands of veterans. While most have served in the Irish Defence Forces, there are several who have seen service with other armed forces.
Ireland’s Great War – a dedicated programme in partnership with the Somme Association/Museum exploring a shared history for a better future. This programme is supported by the production team at Ireland’s Military story. This programme will develop multimedia education platform that will tell the story of Ireland and the Great War. Ireland’s Great War has been made possible with support from the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht cross-border co-operation scheme.
Our programme and projects could not be achieved without the assistance of dedicated volunteer production professionals, historians, and researchers. Best practices and guidelines as set out be Volunteer Ireland are adhered to. Ireland’s Military Story is registered with the Volunteer Centre County Kildare.
If you would like to volunteer with us on one of our projects please contact us at: email@example.com