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.

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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 TreatyBilly3 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.

 

Yours faithfully,


Editor
Wesley Bourke

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