Commemorations – Centenary of the Battle of the Somme – 2016

In recognition of the significance of the Battle of the Somme, the Irish Government has developed the Battle of the Somme Commemorative Programme 2016. This forms part of the Decade of Centenaries programme, which is co-ordinated and overseen by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Programme, marking …

Waterloo – A Member’s Perspective – Lt Col D. Harvey

In recent times, Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Harvey, a member of The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG), has made a tangible contribution in fostering an enhanced awareness of the story of the Irish Soldier in the Battle of Waterloo. Following extensive research, his commendable book, “A Bloody Day – The IRISH …

Laying Up of the Royal Artillery Association (ROI Branch) Standard

The Royal Artillery Association’s Standard (Republic of Ireland Branch) was laid up in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Sunday, 6 December after the Choral Evensong. Ken McLean, the Standard Bearer and Standard Custodian, who is the last surviving member of the Dublin based Association, presented the Standard to Rev Charles Mullen …

Major-General Patrick Francis Nowlan (Retd) RIP.

A Past Chairman, Director and Founding Member of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust CLG, Major-General Patrick Francis Nowlan (Retd) RIP. Chairman’s Remarks Speaking on the notification of the news, the Chairman of The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG), Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd), stated: “The Directors and all members …

Veteran Tank Commander Receives the Légion d’Honneur on his 100th Birthday

Veteran Tank Commander Receives the Légion d’Honneur on his 100th Birthday A former Sergeant in the Irish Guards, Francis Denvir was presented with France’s highest honour, the Légion d’Honneur by H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault the French Ambassador to Ireland, on 22 October 2015. Living in Union Hall, County Cork for the …

Gallipoli’s Long Shadow

Colonel Dorcha Lee (Retd), a valued member of The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG), presented “Gallipoli’s Long Shadow”, which was first broadcasted on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany Programme, on 31 August 2015. The text of the presentation is published below with the kind permission of the RTE Authorities …

Unveiling Ceremony – Bust of Field Marshal Earl Frederick Roberts – Waterford

On Sunday, 4th October 2015, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Turner, Officer Commanding 1 Battalion Irish Guards, unveiled a bronze bust of Field Marshal Earl Frederick Roberts of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford in the Cathedral Square Waterford, in memory of those Irish Guardsmen from County Waterford who died in the First World War. …

The Trust’s Patron – M.D. Higgins, President of Ireland

During its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors endorsed a motion that its Chairman should formally invite Mr Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, to be Patron of the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust (CLG). In August 2015, the Trust was advised that Michael D. Higgins acknowledged the Chairman’s letter, …

Somme Centenary Commemoration at Thiepval Memorial 2016

Ballot for Tickets – Somme Centenary Commemoration at Thiepval Memorial 2016 The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has encouraged interested Irish people to apply for tickets to attend the centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, being held in Thiepval in France on 1st …

State Commemoration – Funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa – Glasnevin – 01 August 2015

The State’s official commemoration of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday 1st August was the first official State event in the Ireland 2016 programme marking the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. The funeral is best known for the graveside oration delivered by Pádraig Pearse.

Annual Ecumenical Ceremony of Remembrance and Wreath Laying – Saturday 11 July 2015

The Royal British Legion, Republic of Ireland District, hosted its Annual Ceremony of Remembrance and Wreath Laying at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin, on Saturday 11 July 2015. The event commemorates all those who lost their lives in the World Wars, in particular the estimated 60,000 Irish …

AGM – 2015

Annual General Meeting The 15th annual annual general meeting of the Military Heritage Trust will take place at 1430hrs on Tuesday 26 May 2015 in Collins Barracks, Dublin Guest Speaker: Professor Mary Daly – President Royal Irish Academy

Anzac Day Commemorations – April 2015

Gallipoli On Friday 24 April 2015, a Commonwealth and Ireland commemoration service for the Gallipoli campaign took place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Cape Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. President Michael D. Higgins and Mr Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affair, Britain’s Prince Charles and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attended …