Sergeant Matty Gardiner, 12th Infantry Battalion, Irish Defence Forces/Óglaigh na hÉireann Born in 1943, Matty is a retired Sergeant from the 12th Infantry Battalion, Irish Defence Forces/Óglaigh na hÉireann in Limerick. He comes from a large military family whose service dates back to their grandfather, George, who served and...read more →
Project Update – A Strong Voice for Veterans Photos by John O’Byrne For many veterans’ life after leaving the armed forces is challenging. Ensuring that all veterans receive the support and care they deserve is also a challenge. On the island of Ireland there are an estimated 150,000 and...read more →
Veterans’ Support Recommences Photos by John O’Byrne As Covid restrictions ease, veterans support has recommenced in person. Coinciding with the anniversary of the Defence Forces on 1 October, The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE Ireland) invited veterans back to the much-loved coffee mornings in barracks and support centres...read more →
Appointment of Defence Forces Chief of Staff Photos courtesy of Defence Forces Press Office Yesterday the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Simon Coveney TD, appointed Lieutenant General Seán Clancy as the new Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces. Lieutenant General Seán Clancy joined the Irish Defence...read more →
Today the Irish Defence Forces(Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces) celebrates its 97th anniversary. On 1 October 1924, the Executive Council formally established Óglaigh na hÉireann – the Irish Defence Forces under the Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923. The Defence Forces evolved from the National Army which...read more →
Standards and veterans from the island of Ireland gathered at the Belfast War Memorial/City Hall today to celebrate 100 years of the Royal British Legion (RBL). An Act of Remembrance was observed at the War Memorial. The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment then led the parade...read more →
Ireland has a proud history of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping since its first deployment of observers in 1958. Since that time members of the Irish Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána have worn the blue beret on missions throughout the world helping to bring peace and stability to conflict...read more →
First posted 9 September For the first time in 35 years the massed bands of the four Irish regiments of the British Army joined together on Saturday last to perform at Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim. The beautiful ancient Norman Castle on the northern shore of Belfast Lough provided the...read more →
For 70 years Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel: O.N.E.) has supported veterans of the Irish Defence Forces. To mark this anniversary it launched this year’s Fuchsia Appeal at Dublin’s Mansion House, the very spot the organisation was formed in 1951. Since its inception O.N.E. has...read more →
We have been asked about the artillery pieces that took part in gun salute during the 75th anniversary of the Naval Service on 1 September. The guns are a QF 12-pounder 12-cwt. The Irish Defence Forces (Óglaigh na hÉireann) operate two saluting batteries: one on Dún Laoghaire East Pier...read more →
The Cavalry Corps is one of the oldest Corps in Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces. Each year the troopers come together at the Cavalry Memorial Garden, DFTC, to honour and remember their deceased members and the sacrifices made at home and overseas. Cavalry Day is traditionally held...read more →
75 years ago today – 1 September 1946 – the Irish Naval Service was formally established as an arm of the Irish Defence Forces (Óglaigh na hÉireann). The Naval Service is the Irish State’s principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements....read more →
Walking through cemeteries you may have wondered why graves of servicemen dated 1919, 1920 and 1921 have a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone. This is due to a sometimes-forgotten fact, today 31 August, marks the official end of the Great War. Although guns fell silent with the signing of...read more →
Northern Ireland Veterans’ Commissioner Visits Dublin Photos by John O’Byrne In a North/South engagement earlier today, the team from the Northern Ireland Veterans Commissioner’s Office visited their counterparts in The Royal British Legion (Rep. of Ireland) and The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) (Rep. of Ireland Branch)....read more →
Veterans Commemorate Second Dáil Photos by John O’Byrne Members of the 2nd Infantry Battalion Association paraded at Dublin’s Mansion House today to commemorate the convening of the Second Dáil on 16 August 1921. Taking the salute from the veterans at the Mansion House the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr...read more →
From Comradeship to Challenge – The Not Forgotten Association Norther Ireland Photos by John O’Byrne It was great to meet for the first-time members and veterans of The Not Forgotten Association Northern Ireland. The charity held a veterans’ lunch at the AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast Thank you to...read more →
Project Updates – Ireland’s Great War Photos by Terry Healy With Covid restrictions easing we are recommencing our projects. We recently spent the day in the The Somme Association & Somme Museum with Carol Walker Director of the Somme Association, working on a multimedia project dedicated to Ireland and...read more →
Local Defence Force and Royal Air Force Ex-ServicemanJimmy Dodd It was a privilege to meet and record the story of ex-serviceman, 92-year-old Jimmy Dodd. During the Emergency 1939-1946 Jimmy was living on the Dargle Road in Bray, County Wicklow, working as a messenger boy. He remembers the Emergency well....read more →
The National Day of Commemoration was held yesterday Sunday 11 July at Collins Barracks, Dublin. The ceremony is held on the closest day to the 11 July, the date on which, in 1921, the Anglo-Irish Truce was agreed. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that signing. The ceremony...read more →
We were honoured to attend and photograph the Special Somme Service of Remembrance and Wreath Laying at Irish War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge.A special ecumenical service of commemoration and wreath-laying was held on Saturday 10th July in the Rose Garden at the Irish National War Memorial in Islandbridge. This annual...read more →
International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2021 – Leveraging the Power of Youth for Peace and Security #YOUTHPEACESECURITY We take the time today to think of all United Nations peacekeepers in the service of peace around the world. The day coincides with the first UN peacekeeping mission which was established...read more →
25 April marks the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to mark the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The day is observed on...read more →
Newbridge World War II Veteran turns 100 Ireland’s Military Story and The Irish Military Heritage Foundation send our best wishes to World War 2 veteran Joe Woods for a very happy 100th birthday today. Joe served with the Royal Air Force Regiment 1941 – 1946 and took part in...read more →
O.N.E launches “I Am A Veteran Campaign” The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel – Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (O.N.E) – celebrates 70 years of taking care of Ireland’s Veterans. To mark the occasion it has launched a national campaign titled: “I Am A Veteran Campaign”, aimed at raising public...read more →
NI Commissioner Urges Veterans to get in Touch Northern Ireland’s Veterans Commissioner – Danny Kinahan – is urging former service personnel of the British Armed Forces who need help or support to get in touch with him directly. There are an estimated 150,000 former personnel of the British Army,...read more →
Inauguration of Irish American – Joe Biden – as US President Today Presentient Elect Joe Biden was inaugurated the 46th President of the United States. President Biden’s affinity with Ireland is well known. He is among 23 United States presidents of Irish heritage. President Biden’s Irish lineage is through...read more →
Passing of Irish Aviation Historian AP (Tony) Kearns It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the sad news of the passing of AP (Tony) Kearns. Tony was one of Ireland’s leading aviation historians. Involved with Irish Air Corps history and heritage since the 1960s, Tony went...read more →
On Monday the Chilean Army released a statement confirming that Covid-19 has reached the most southern continent on Earth: Antarctica. The report stated that 26 Chilean Army and ten contractors – stationed in the Antarctic research base General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme – showed symptoms of Covid-19. According to the...read more →
New Mascot For Irish Guards – Welcome into Service Turlough Mór (Séamus) Images from Irish Guards and Army in London HQ Facebook page Victoria Jones/PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo. At a ceremony at Wellington Barracks on Thursday, the Irish Guards welcomed the arrival of their new Irish Wolfhound...read more →
During the Battle of the Atlantic the U-boat menace had plagued Allied shipping. As early as 1944 the British government had begun to draw up plans for the destruction of the German U-boat force following the end of the war. Following Allied victory in Europe, 156 U-boats surrendered either...read more →
On This Day in 1963 America’s loss was Ireland’s Loss By Declan Brennan President John F. Kennedy was a great-grandson of Patrick Kennedy of Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford, who emigrated to the United States in 1848 when he was 25. As a young man Patrick worked in Cherry’s...read more →
President Lays Wreath Commemorating Bloody Sunday Yesterday evening, at the invitation of the GAA, President Michael D. Higgins laid a wreath in Croke Park to commemorate the death of 14 people killed while attending a football match between Dublin and Tipperary on 21 November 1920. Speaking about the event,...read more →
Speaker William Conolly Summer School Launched Congratulations to our partner programme in launching their inaugural summer school in these restrictive times. The Speaker William Conolly Summer School aims to explore, discuss and appreciate the complexity of Irish identity, diversity, and reconciliation in all its manifestations and interpretations. It has...read more →
Remembrance Sunday Updated: 22:44 8 November 2020 Sadly due to prevailing Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, the traditional Choral Service of Remembrance at The National Cathedral of St. Patrick in Dublin, now in its 101st year, must be conducted without the attendance of any congregation. The 2020 Remembrance Sunday Evensong...read more →
Photographs: Defence Forces Press Office On 27 July 1960, Ireland deployed the 32nd Infantry Battalion to support peacekeeping operations with the United Nations Operation in the Congo (Opération des Nations Unies au Congo, ONUC). The 33rd Infantry Battalion soon followed boarding U.S. Air Force Globemasters in Casement Aerodrome on...read more →
New Crest For NIUAS Congratulations to the Northern Ireland Universities’ Air Squadron (NIUAS) on the approval of their new crest. Five years ago NIUAS designed a new crest and submitted for approval. The beautiful crest has a crown on top with a harp and book in the centre with...read more →
Happy Birthday Irish Defence Forces Wishing the Irish Defence Forces a happy 96 birthday. Under the Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923 the Executive Council formally established Óglaigh na hÉireann – the Irish Defence Forces on 1 October 1924. Its predecessor – the National Forces 1922/1924 – had been...read more →
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...read more →
Yesterday the General Officer Commanding of the Irish Air Corps, Brigadier General Rory O’ Connor hosted the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney TD, Secretary General of the Department of Defence, Ms Jacqui McCrum and the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM at the official unveiling...read more →
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...read more →
Appointment of Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable Brandon Lewis MP, announced yesterday the appointment of Danny Kinahan as the first Veterans Commissioner for Northern Ireland. Veterans Commissioner for Northern IrelandThe New Decade, New Approach agreement to restore the Northern...read more →
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...read more →
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...read more →
Victory Over Japan 75 years ago in the Summer of 1945, the war in the Pacific and Far East raged on. Offensive Japanese capability had all but been neutralised; an invasion of Japan was being planned. At Yalta the Allies discussed bringing the war to swiftly to an end....read more →
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....read more →
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...read more →
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...read more →
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...read more →
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...read more →
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).
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org