We are now bringing the past to life in schools and at events in Ireland with Living History displays and workshops. Catering for all ages our Living Historians give fun interactive demonstrations and displays on a wide range of Irish history. Whether you are a primary, secondary or third level institution, a museum, local history or community group, this is a great fun way to explore the past. Learn about the Irish in the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, the Great War or Easter 1916. Find out what they wore and ate, wear and carry what they did, learn how to drill with a rifle. Tailored to your needs our Living Historians take you back in time.
Half day workshop/displays/demonstrations: We will offer very competitive rates and discounts. Contact us for full details.
In order for maximum benefit and to ensure everyone gets a chance to engage with us, we recommend a half day booking to allow classes/years to rotate, larger classes, and for Transition Year students. More in depth lesson and research method presentations can be given on request for secondary and third level students. Presentations include: use of and accessing primary sources, tactics and strategy, tracing your ancestor.
Each half day booking comes with a year’s subscription to Ireland’s Military Story.
1 – 2 hour displays and demonstrations:
We recommend 1 – 2 hour displays and demonstrations for smaller groups/classes. More in depth lesson and research method presentations can be given on request for secondary and third level students. Presentations include: use of and accessing primary sources, tactics and strategy, tracing your ancestor.
Each 1 – 2 hour booking comes with complementary copies of Ireland’s Military Story.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Yours in History,
Living History Department
Ireland’s Military Story
Reveille is an initiative by two former members of the Irish Defence Forces Public Relations Branch,
Wesley Bourke and Billy Galligan. Their aim is to tell Ireland’s entire military story.
Welcome to Reveille, telling Ireland’s military story. While serving with the Irish Defence Forces we met veterans from Ireland who had served not just with the Irish Defence Forces, but also in the American Armed Forces, the British Armed Forces and the armed forces of Australia, Canada, France and New Zealand. They gave us accounts of their experiences including, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Congo, Lebanon, the Falklands, Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. With annual commemorations coming and going we noticed that these old soldiers began to fade away. In many cases their stories were lost. Inspired by their exploits we created Reveille in order to preserve their stories and experiences no matter what uniform they wore. Ireland’s military story does not stop with Ireland’s military veterans. We soon realised in order to tell Ireland’s military story correctly we would have to tell it all.
Recent anniversaries have stirred a new interest into Ireland’s military past. The millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, the bi-centenary of the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, the sesquicentenary of the American Civil War and the subsequent attempted Fenian invasion of Canada, along with the 75th anniversary marking the beginning of the Emergency/World War II, remind us of the extent and depth of Ireland’s military history.
Ireland is currently commemorating a decade of centenaries. This decade includes the centenary of: the foundation of the Irish National Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and the Ulster Volunteers, the outbreak of the Great War, the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence, the Anglo/Irish Treaty and the Irish Civil War. There was not a community in Ireland not affected by these traumatic events in Ireland’s history.
These anniversaries have ignited peoples interest in Ireland’s military past. Families and historians around the world are looking back through records to see if a family ancestor or local was a revolutionary or took part in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 or was even a member of the renowned Irish Brigade outside Washington DC in 1861. The research that is being done by family members and historians alike is invaluable in telling Ireland’s military story.
Giving our readers a further insight into Ireland’s military story are the hundreds of historical societies, museums, battlefields and Living History groups. Research, exhibitions, restoration projects and re-enactments allow our generation a window into the past. An ancient Irish re-enactor, a photographic album from the Boer War or a restored Spitfire allows us to hear, touch and see into our military past.
We look forward to bringing you Ireland’s military story.
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Ireland’s colourful military history is a global story. The quarterly Irelands’ Military Story and the annual In Focus set out to highlight and tell the rich story of Ireland’s military past. With articles from some of Ireland’s leading historians and eyewitness accounts from veterans and family descendants the publications tell the personnel side to Ireland’s military past – the story of the unsung hero.
- eyewitness accounts from Ireland's military veterans
- stories from family descendants of military personnel from Ireland
- in-depth articles from military historians on Ireland’s military history
- features on Ireland's military heritage sites
- analysis of the very battles Ireland’s military fought in
- exploring the past with Living History groups dedicated to preserving Ireland’s military past
Read more about our Editor Wesley Bourke in this Irish Times article.
If you have a story to tell please contact our team.
Ballingcollig Gunpowder Mills
Battle of Aughrim Visitors Centre
Brian Boru Heritage Centre
British Army Museums Ogilby Trust
Co. Carlow Military Museum
Drogheda Museum Millmount Fort
Duncannon Military Fort and Fortifications
Fort Dunree Military Museum
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Garden of Remembrance
Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Hill of Tara
Imperial War Museums (UK)
Irish Air Corps Museum and Heritage Project
Irish Defence Forces Museums (Cathal Brugha Bks Visitors Centre Rathmines, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa Museum Galway, Military Museum Collins Bks Cork, the Curragh Military Museum)
Irish Martello Towers
Irish Military War Museum
Irish Peace Park
King John’s Castle
Mayo Peace Park
National Memorial to the Irish Defence Forces Merrion Square
Northern Irelands Secret Bunker Cold War Museum
Northern Ireland War Memorial
Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum
Royal Ulster Rifles Museum
Soldiers & Chiefs - National Museum of Ireland
Somme Heritage Centre
The Battle of the Boyne Site
The Connaught Rangers Museum
The Inniskillings Museum
The Irish National Heritage Park
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland
The National Transport Museum of Ireland
Ulster Aviation Collection and Hanger