Directors Announce 2014 Winner – The Military Heritage Annual Award

The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG) promotes activities that facilitate an enhanced awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s military heritage. This unique heritage is common to the different political and religious traditions of Ireland. In advancing military heritage, the Trust promotes the study of Irish military history and, in particular, the study of Irish men and women in the profession of arms both at home and overseas, irrespective of the Theatre of Operations, National Flag or Regimental Colour.


The Trust will give an Award, ordinarily annually, of €500 to the undergraduate student whose paper is deemed outstanding by a panel of judges, and which, through new research, adds to our knowledge of Ireland’s military heritage. The title of the award is “The Military Heritage Annual Award”.

During the meeting held on 24 February, the Trust’s Board of Directors announced the 2014 winner of the Military Heritage Annual Award in memory of Major Charlie Trainor MM. The Board selected Ms Caitlín White’s paper titled “An Irishwoman Abroad? The Truth of Kit Cavenaugh” for the award. Ms White is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway. From Nenagh County Tipperary, Caitlín will be seeking entry into a PhD course later this year.

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 a appropriate periodicals such as History Ireland and the Defence Forces Review.

Ms White’s paper can be accessed on the Trust’s Website.

The Directors also endorsed the Terms of Reference for the 2015 Award. Entries for the 2015 Award should be submitted by 30 September 2015.

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