Ireland's Military Story

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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 Story

Ireland’s Military Story began in 2014 as a print and digital magazine with a vision of exploring and bringing together all of Ireland’s rich military history and heritage from its 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.

 

Our Why

To explore, record and tell Ireland’s military story and inspire others to do the same.

Our Vision

To bring together Ireland’s rich military tradition and heritage in all its manifestations and help gain a better understanding of Ireland’s culture, heritage, and identity.

 

What We Do

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 –

By taking a multimedia approach Ireland’s Military Story’s website and YouTube channel 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

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.

 

On location outside the former RIC barracks in Naas, – now Court Hotel – with Kildare historian James Durney. (Photo by Ken Mooney)

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.

These include:

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.  

 

Discussing aviation history with Michael Whelan and Tony Kearns at the Irish Air Corps Museum Baldonnel. (Photo by Ken Mooney)

 

Volunteers

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: info@irelandsmilitarystory.ie

 

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