The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust


Welcome to the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (MHIT) website...

A main purpose of the Trust is to encourage and facilitate research into the military heritage of Ireland. It attempts to do this by:

Study the table of contents on the right hand side of this page locate your area of special interest, Also, before you start browsing the site, why not check out our new Research Guides:

A Guide to Military Research - tips on how to use archives, libraries, museums and heritage sites - and an extensive alphabetical list of institutions in Ireland.

Research On the Web - includes tips on how to approach a research topic and sites of interest in Ireland and abroad. This valuable section will save you many hours of searching and was produced as a commissioned piece of research on behalf of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust.

Latest News


Decade of Centenaries


Commencing in 2012, the Decade of Centenaries programme, commemorates in a non-partisan, inclusive and respectful manner, significant events that took place in Ireland during the period 1912 to 1922. The programme complements annual commemorations such as the Easter Rising.



Directors Announce 2013 Winner


Winner. During the meeting held on 25 February, the Trust's Directors announced the 2013 winner of the Military Heritage Annual Award in memory of Major Charlie Trainor MM. The Board selected Mr Matthew McGinty's paper titled "O'Neill, O'Donnell, and the Nine Year Wars" for the award. Mr McGinty is a MA student of the National University of Ireland Galway.

Acknowledgements. The Directors formally acknowledged the involvement of Dr Pádraic Lenihan NUI Galway for overseeing the notification and submission process, and the three Judges - Professor Keith Jeffrey - Queens University, Doctor Ian Speller - NUI Maynooth, and Professor Eunan O'Halpin - Trinity College. The Trust will endeavour to have the winning paper published in an appropriate periodical such as History Ireland.

Submissions for 2014 Award. The Directors also endorsed the Terms of Reference for the 2014 Award. Entries for the 2014 Award should be submitted by 30 September 2014.

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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.