The Military Heritage of Ireland TrustLimited
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:
- Helping you, through our links, to find your particular area of interest.
- Helping you through our Contact Us page to find others who are interested in your area of research.
- Promoting research and disseminating its useful results.
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:
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.
- Site Updates
Our latest Newsletter for November 2012 can be seen at NEWS. This issue contains information on:
- Michael Collins Armoured Car – Sliabh Na mBan
- Ireland World War 1 Website
- National Archives U.K. - Medals Records
- National Museum of Ireland – Call for Papers Research Conference 2013
Read the November Newsletter >>
Lugard's Legacy – A Stratified Society on Long Hill'
The Construction of the Curragh Camp in 1855
As 2012 marks the 90th Anniversary of the handover of the Curragh Military Camp by the British Army to the Irish Army it seems an appropriate time to republish an article - "Lugard's Legacy" which deals with the laying out of the first permanent military establishment on the Long Hill of the Curragh between March 1855 and January 1856 by Lt Col H. W. Lugard of the Royal Engineers and the subsequent development both of the structure and the society that evolved around it. The article was first published in the Irish Defence Forces Review 2007; therein, the story is told of the planning and construction of the camp, to house 10,000 soldiers, within 90 days of the contract being signed.
It is published here courtesy of the author Lt Col Michael Dolan M.A. and the Public Relations Section of the Chief of Staff's Branch of the Irish Defence Forces.
The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust gratefully acknowledges the permission of the Irish Defence Forces to republish this work
Download the Complete Version in PDF Format PDF 4 Mb
Bureau Of Military History Website
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the Bureau of Military History website www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin on Tuesday 7th August, 2012. This project, which was undertaken by the Defence Forces Military Archives in collaboration with the National Archives (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), involves the digitisation of over 35,000 pages, 42 sets of photographs and 13 voice recordings from primary sources covering the revolutionary period in Ireland from 1913 to 1921.
This new website is a wonderful resource for historians, who will find invaluable new insights into the national independence movement. The treasure trove of rich material will be an invaluable resource for family historians with a relation who participated in the 1926 Rising, the War of Independence 1919-1921 and the Civil War 1922-23.
Read more about the Bureau in our latest Newsletter
The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust Ltd is a charitable organisation, staffed by volunteers. It relies entirely on donations to fund its various projects. If you would like to assist the Trust, your donation, of whatever size, would be most welcome.
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- Special Links
Research Guide by Section
- Museums & Heritage Sites
- List of Museums
- Military Museums
- List of Heritage Sites
- List of Battlefields & Castles
The Header Photograph:
"Prospect of the Barracks of Dublin from St James Church Yard" painting by Joseph Tudor, etched by James McArdell 1753.”
© National Museum copyright.
- The Sword Logo
The sword is titled the Lisnacrogher (Co. Antrim) Sword, and the scroll on the side (one side is an inversion of the other) are from its scabbard.