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 Irish men and women served and made sacrifices for our today and our children’s future. They and their exploits should be remembered and treasured as a lasting mark of respect and honour.
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. This story forms part of Ireland’s culture, heritage, and identity; and offers a platform for reconciliation.
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 identity.
Our Mission –
At the core of what we do: The recording and preserving the personal stories told by serving personnel and veterans. In addition, our work is complemented by the research and contributions made by passionate archivists, curators, family descendants, genealogists, heritage officers, historians, and students.
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.
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.
Any collections or 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 provided by Kildare County Council Heritage Office, Creative Ireland, and Dublin Port Company.
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.