The Military Heritage Annual Award

Directors Announce 2015 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 23 February, the Trust’s Board of Directors announced the 2015 winner of the Military Heritage Annual Award in memory of Major Charlie Trainor MM. The Board selected Mr Declan O’Doherty’s paper titled “An Analysis of the social Composition of the Irish Republican Army (1919 – 1921). Mr O’Doherty is a graduate of the Queens University Belfast. From Maghera, County Derry, Declan is completing his MA in History. A total of seven papers were submitted for the 2015 award.

The Directors formally acknowledged the involvement of Dr Pádraic Lenihan NUI Galway for overseeing the notification and submission process, and the three Judges – Dr Pádraic Lenihan, Doctor Ian Speller – NUI Maynooth, and Professor Eunan O’Halpin – Trinity College. The Trust will endeavour to have the winning paper published in an appropriate periodicals such as the Defence Forces Review.

Mr O’Doherty’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 2016.