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Posted by Irish Veterans on 07 February 2017
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Posted by Irish Veterans on 02 September 2016
Irish Veterans one of ‘Charities of Choice’ for major US College Football Game, 3 September 2016 at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin Irish Veterans has been designated one of the four ‘Charities of Choice’ for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic taking place at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, on Saturday 3 September 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech.  We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to showcase what we do, and for the ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 03 June 2016
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Posted by Irish Veterans on 24 June 2015
All proceeds go to Irish Veterans Chapter #1 - SEAL LT Michael Murphy, Medal of Honour Thursday 30 July 2015, Castleknock Golf Club, Tee Times : 10.00 - 16.00 - €400 entry for team of four ----------------------- Burger @ 9th and Main Course after 18th 1st Prize : 4 Ball at the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links + 1 night accommodation, Dinner for four in Kinsale 2nd / 3rd Prize - 30 minute Joyride aboard the Prototype Stealth Interceptor Gunboat, "BARRACUDA" Addi ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 13 May 2015
On behalf of Irish Veterans, we would like to express our shock and deep sorrow at the untimely death of our good friend Derek Davis. Derek was a man of immense character, intelligence, and generosity. We are indebted to him for the help he gave us. The world is a colder place without his charm, his wit and his kindness. We salute him, and we will not forget him. Slán Abhaile ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 20 April 2015
Here are a few images to give an overview of the events that took place during the commissioning of Irish Veterans Chapter 001,The White House Kinsale, Cork, Ireland                         ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 07 April 2015
The Irish Veterans are pleased to announce the Commissioning of Chapter Number 001. The ceremony will take place at the White House in Kinsale at 13:00 on Saturday the 18th of April. The Chapter will be named in memory of US Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy, Medal of Honor, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2005. The recent blockbuster film “Lone Survivor” is the story of his last mission. Michael’s family have strong connections to Ireland, and to ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 07 April 2015
[Posted : Ronan McGreevy Mon, Apr 6, 2015 http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/easter-rising-glasnevin-researchers-reach-definitive-death-toll-1.2165878] It has taken almost 100 years, but it appears that finally we have a figure for the number of people killed in the Easter Rising. It is 485, according to Glasnevin Cemetery, which has spent three years trying to reach a definitive figure. The research was started by the late Shane Mac Thomáis and carried on by Glasnevin Cemeter ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 07 April 2015
[Posted : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/an-invaluable-outsider-s-account-of-the-easter-rising-from-the-inside-1.2160090 by Frank MacGabhan, 3rd April 2015] Book Title: Inside the GPO 1916: A First-hand Account ISBN-13: 978-1847177186 Author: Joe Good Publisher: O'Brien Press Guideline Price: €11.99 This is the story of Joe Good by Joe Good, a young man of the diaspora who set foot on Irish soil for the first time in February 1916. H ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 18 March 2015
Posted in Irish Examiner by Sean O'Riordan [http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/navy-drones-to-fight-drug-cartels-319070.html]  The naval service is to use drones in the fight against international drug smugglers and illegal fishing, with the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) also to help with search and rescue missions. With just an eight-ship fleet responsible for security in 1m sq km of seas, drones would give the navy an ‘eye in the sky’. As part of a drive to make the nav ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 23 February 2015
[Pubslished - Ronan McGreevy - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/green-fields-of-france-written-to-tackle-anti-irish-prejudice-1.2108217 - Wednesday, February 18, 2015] Singer-songwriter Eric Bogle said he wrote The Green Fields of France as a response to the anti-Irish sentiment in Britain during the IRA bombing campaign of the 1970s. Bogle revealed he chose the name “Willie McBride” for the 19-year-old who features in the song because of its “Irish connotati ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 12 February 2015
[Sean O'Riordan : http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/how-much-to-protect-skies-above-ireland-311799.html Wednesday, February 11, 2015] Russian ‘Bear’ bombers were recently involved in ‘very unusual’ activities over Irish skies, chased away by the British. Can’t we protect our own airspace, asks Sean O’Riordan THE reality of the Cold War-era cat-and-mouse games played out in Irish-controlled airspace earlier this month between the Russ ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 12 February 2015
[Des Ekin : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-real-battle-of-kinsale-a-three-way-tussle-of-titanic-egos-1.2097244 Monday, February 9, 2015, 16:49] Conflict was the last throw of the dice for Hugh O’Neill, Juan del Águila and Charles Blount On a stormy Christmas Eve in 1601, three men faced each other across the blasted battleground of Kinsale in an epic confrontation that would decide the fate of a nation. The invading Spanish commander Juan del Águila, ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 09 February 2015
[Published : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/the-dublin-pals-who-set-off-for-gallipoli-s-killing-fields-1.2093915, Sunday, February 8, 2015] In 1914, sports club members volunteered for ‘Pals’ battalions, and fought in one of the first World War’s bloodiest battles. A new immersive theatrical show remembers their catastrophic story. These days the Gelibolu peninsula on Turkey’s Aegean coast is a quiet place, all gentle hills and pine forests alive with bird ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 29 January 2015
[Published in Irish Times : 25 Jan 2015  by Ronan McGreevy : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/irish-d-day-veteran-to-get-l%C3%A9gion-d-honneur-france-s-highest-military-honour-1.2079143 ] Michael d’Alton joined the royal navy to 'try and stop that awful German monster' One of the last surviving Irish veterans of the D-Day landings is to receive France’s highest military honour today. Michael d'Alton (93) will receive the Légion d'Honneur on board the French n ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 25 January 2015
Posted : http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/wwi-trench-system-unearthed-in-cork-308695.html Archaeologists at a military camp in North Cork have discovered one of the largest and best preserved First World War underground bunker and trench systems ever built in Britain and Ireland. Details of the find by a team from Queen’s University Belfast, revealed exclusively to the Irish Examiner, show the underground bunkers, built around 1915, could have accommodated sleeping quarters for ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 25 January 2015
[Posted http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30957719 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website] Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers. The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia. Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD. The condition was likely to be as old as huma ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 10 January 2015
Here, name by name, parish by parish, province by province, Kevin Myers details Ireland's intimate involvement with one of the greatest conflicts in human history, the First World War of 1914 to 1918, which left no Irish family untouched. With this gathering of his talks, unpublished essays and material distilled from The Irish Times and elsewhere, Myers lays out the grounds of his research and findings in Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. He revisits the main theatres of war in Europe - ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 10 January 2015
[Posted in Irish Time (9th January 2015) : http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/kevin-myers-on-ireland-s-great-war-1.2060463] The first time I went looking for the Memorial Gardens for the Irish dead of the Great War, almost no one in Kilmainham seemed to know where they were. The year was 1979, 80 years on from the Treaty of Versailles and after the meeting of the First Dáil, and the first shootings of the “Anglo-Irish War” (in which both sides were of course Irish). ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 07 January 2015
[Posted on BBC News : http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30679406] The UK's Ministry of Defence has issued a reminder to young officers to salute their superiors. But when did this this form of greeting originate and why is it used, asks Justin Parkinson. The salute is often thought to date back to Roman times, but there is no evidence that soldiers raised their hand as a formal greeting. Another theory is that it originated in medieval Europe, when knights used their hands to rai ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 02 January 2015
[Published in Irish Times 26 December 2014 - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/century/irish-priest-s-first-world-war-diary-to-be-published-1.2048909] Kilkenny-born Fr Ned Dowling was sent to Flanders in November 1914 The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest has been found during a house clearance in Co Laois. Canon Seán O’Doherty, now the PP in Durrow, Co Laois has authorised the publication of Co Kilkenny-born Fr Ned Dowling’s diary, which covers the ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
The sights Mick Coyne saw in Vietnam will never leave him—a soldier killed just feet in front of him whose legs stayed standing though the top half of his body had been vaporized; the officer blown to smithereens by a mine, leaving only the heel of a boot intact. Coyne, a native of County Galway, won five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. He is one of a select band: Irish citizens who served in U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. Now he has lent his support to a project aimed at memorial ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
JEROME REILLY AN Irish hero of the Vietnam War who won a handful of Purple Hearts after being drafted into the US army is campaigning for an official memorial to the 23 Irish men and one Irish woman who died in the conflict in South East Asia. Michael Coyne's fascinating account of his role in an armoured division of the US army during the Vietnam War comes as the world prepares to remember the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 28. Mick Coyne's life began in Cornamona in Connemar ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
Michael Patrick "Murph" Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was also the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart. Michael Murphy was born and raised in ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
Official statistics, which we now know to be incorrect, show only one Irish-born killed in Vietnam – John Driver, from Ringsend in Dublin. John was something of a unique individual. First in line to inherit the family business, John left poverty-stricken Dublin to find adventure and make his fortune. The adventure he found, like so many before him, in the British Army. Although he saw action in the Far East, after attaining the rank of sergeant he moved on, joining up with Rhodesian fo ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
Irish who lost their lives to date in the Vietnam War (updated December 2014) 23 men and 1 woman died serving with US military 4 with Australian Forces 1 in Canadian uniform 1 working for US AID 1 serving with Air America TOTAL: 31 ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
A US Army captain and three men with a helicopter launched a rescue mission that ended only when 8 nuns and nearly 200 Vietnamese girls were safe at the Vinh Long airstrip. As the helicopter left with the last load, Vietcong guerillas were swarming through the playground of the Centre of Professional Guidance for Girls, a school conducted by Sisters of the Good Shepherd Order, 60 miles south-west of Saigon. “The helicopter boys should each be given a halo and a pair of wings,” said ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
George Nagle, from Tipperary was one of four Irishmen that we know of who served as an Australian trooper, and who, when he was killed, was destined to be buried in the nearest military cemetery, as was the protocol of the time. His family however, insisted his body be returned to Ireland, and they were forced to raise the money to repatriate him. Some 30 years later, the Australian Ambassador in Ireland, himself a Veteran, apologised to the family for Australia’s behaviour. And by way ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
Born Tralee, Co Kerry The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) John I. O'Sullivan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with 174th Aviation company, 14th Aviation Battalion, Americal D ... More

Posted by Irish Veterans on 17 December 2014
[http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/emmet-dalton-a-revolutionary-with-a-second-act-1.2017481] Biographer traces career of man who founded the Irish film industry from the Somme to Ardmore Studios via Beal na mBlath As a boy in Dublin in the late 1950s, I saw a magical sight one Sunday – a film being made on the docks near the Custom House. I joined the excited crowd of onlookers, and watched in fascination as Hollywood legend James Cagney ran along the dock as part of a scene for ... More

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