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 …

Unveiling of VC Commemorative Stones – 11 November

Ceremony Commemorative Stones marking the centenary of the award of the Victoria Cross to the following personnel were unveiled in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, on Sunday 11 November 2018:  2/Lieutenant Edmund De Wind, Royal Irish Rifles, unveiled by Colonel Mark Campbell (Retd)  Private Claude Nunney, Canadian Expeditionary Force, unveiled by H.E. …

Gunner James Magee

Defender of Values – The Artillery Corps – Óglaigh na hÉireann Introduction 2018 is the 95th Anniversary of the establishment of the Irish Defence Forces Artillery Corps on 23 March, 1923. The year marks 60 years of continuous service by Óglaigh na hÉireann in peacekeeping duties with the United Nations. 2018 is also …