The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust


Welcome to the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust’s Web Portal, promoting the widest understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s distinctive and shared military heritage.

By means of this Web Site and posted News Bulletins, the Trust endeavours to enhance public knowledge of its vision, mission, objectives, activities, current projects, military heritage and upcoming events.

In addition, our Web Site provides guidance for the research of military heritage. The Web Site also advises on how to access information regarding military service.

Finally, the site facilitates links with Web Sites associated with Ireland’s military heritage.

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Latest News

Military Heritage Trust 14th AGM

Military Heritage of Ireland Trust's 14th Annual General Meeting was held on 27th May at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks Dublin.


200th Anniversary – Siege of Antwerp – May 1814

By Stephen McGarry, author of The Irish Abroad, launched by the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust in September 2013.

This first week of May marks the bicentenary of the lifting of the Siege of Antwerp (1814), the last major action of the Irish military diaspora on the Continent.

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Annual Commemoration Parade – Combined Regiments Association

press_img1The Combined Regiments Association held its Annual commemorative Parade and Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in London, on Sunday 15 June, 2014. As one of the invited Inspecting Officers, Brig Gen Paul Pakenham, Chairman of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (Ltd), laid a wreath at the Cenotaph and addressed the Parade.

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Death of Sir John Reginald Gorman

A former Director and founding member of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust Ltd, Sir John Reginald Gorman CVO CBE MC, has died.


Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo, a Military and Diplomatic History, 1960 –1961

Published by Four Courts, written Dr Michael Kennedy and Comdt Art Magennis DSM (Rtd), “Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo” will be launched by Lieutenant-General Sean McCann DSM (Retd) on 3 June 2014, in the DFHQ Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin at 1800hrs.


Site Update - About Us

During its February meeting, the Trust’s Directors endorsed the concept for the redesign of our Web Site including a modified site map.  The construction process is currently underway.  With the installation of a Content Management System, the site’s capabilities are enhanced, permitting the editing, managing and storing of relevant information, and the tailoring of the Web Site for the Trust's specific needs.

When launched later in 2014, the redesigned Web Site will include a user friendly search engine facility and will maximise the usage of social media assets.  

In the interim, the Directors have approved the content of the Web Site’s About Us Section which now includes the Trust’s Mission, Vision, Current Focus, Overview, Directors, Activities, Heritage, Support, and Donations.  In addition, on 24 February, the Trust opened a twitter account, the tag is @militaryheritag and we also have our facebook page militaryheritage

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"Kennedy's Cadets" Return to Arlington

President Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963 was the first visit of an American President to the land of his forefathers. The visit took the country by storm at the time and required the involvement of a large number of units of the Defence Forces in ceremonial events. One such event was a wreath laying ceremony at Arbour Hill at which members of the 36th Cadet Class performed the ceremonial drill under Lt Frank Colclough (later Brig General).

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Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

On 16 January, An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny TD formally launched the online release of the first phase of material from the Military Service Pensions Collection.  For the first time, the collection is being made available on a phased basis leading to 2016.

The Military Service Pensions Collection is one of the largest pieces of the archival material relating to Ireland's revolutionary period in the lead up to independence. The Collection comprises almost 300,000 applications, files and supporting documentation. It provides an unparalleled and detailed picture of Irish Volunteers, Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Eireann, the Hibernian Rifles, and the National Army on active service who were casualties or wounded while on duty throughout the period from the 1916 Rising to the end of the civil war in 1923.


Digitisation of Irish Memorial Records - World War I

As part of the programme for the Decade of Centenaries, on Friday 10 January, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore T.D., launched an online archive of Ireland’s First World War records together with Northern Ireland’s First Minister, The Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson, MLA, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, MLA.