Major-General David O’Morchoe RIP – MHIT Board of Directors

Regretfully, I am to advise of the death, after a short illness, of our esteemed colleague Major-General David Nial O’Morchoe CB, CBE, KLJ, Hereditary Chief and Prince of the Ó Murchadha, at his residence, Oulartleigh House, Tara Hill, Gorey, Co. Wexford, on Friday, 22 November, 2019. An honourable, courteous and …

The Ballentine Brothers

George Ballentine was United States Consular Agent in Ballymena, County Antrim, from 1871 until his death in 1893. After that, his son, John James George, took over his mantle and served in the same role for the next eighteen years before becoming Chief Clerk of Petty Sessions in Belfast. John …

Lowry and Wintle

LOWRY and WINTLE In loving memory of Arabella, widow of Major Octavius Lowry, late 86th regiment of Galway Militia. Died aged 82. Florence Emily Joice, widow of Colonel Fitzhardinge Wintle, 87th Punjabis I.A. Passed over 14th June 1949. Eileen L V Wintle of Ballygarth Castle. 18 April 1893-18 November 1979 …

Message from the Chairman 2019

Introduction Acknowledging that shared military heritage is valued by the different political, religious and cultural traditions on the island, the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG), as a voluntary and non-profit organisation, advances an all-Ireland, cross border, non-denominational and non-political approach to military heritage and the story of the Irish …

A Long Week in March

A Long Week in March: The 36th (Ulster) Division in the German Spring Offensive, March 1918 The 36th (Ulster) Division are widely regarded as being the most successful British Infantry Division in terms of ground gained on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The casualties suffered then …

75th Anniversary D-Day

75th Anniversary D-Day: Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Harvey (Retd) D-Day has a little known but not insignificant ‘ Irish ‘ dimension to it.  There were ‘ Irish ‘ among the American, British, and Canadian paratrooper and glider-borne infantry landings prior to H-Hour on D-Day; they were in and amongst the first and …

Sleeping Flags Appeal

The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel – SLEEPING FLAGS APPEAL On Monday, 11 February, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel – Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann) formally launched its Sleeping Flags Appeal, in order to raise public awareness and aid for the homeless Irish Defence Forces veterans.  The associated campaign involves …

Belligerent Internees

Allied and German Golfers at the Curragh Camp 1940-1945 By Colonel William H. Gibson (retd.) With the outbreak of war in Europe in September 1939 the Irish Government, led by Éamon DeValera, adopted a policy of neutrality and thereby refrained from joining the Allies or Axis powers. This was followed …

The Haunting Soldier

Under the auspices of Sabina Purcell – Ireland’s World War 1 Veterans’ Project, a civic welcoming ceremony took place on 04 November, in St Stephen’s Green, on the arrival of the Haunting Soldier in Dublin, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. The sculpture will return …