The Military History Society of Ireland was founded in 1949. The aim of the Society is to promote the study of military history, and in particular the history of warfare in Ireland and of Irishmen and women in war. The flagship of the Society, The Irish Sword, is a twice yearly publication, renowned for its scholarly treatment of military history.

The Society is affiliated, under the style of the Irish Commission for Military History, to the International Commission of Military History (www.icmh.info)


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75th Anniversary of the Military History Society of Ireland

In 2024, the Society celebrated its 75th Anniversary. The occasion was marked, inter alia, by a keynote lecture given on 22nd March 2024 by Past-President, Dr Harman Murtagh, on the history of the Society since its inception. This lecture will be recast and published in a future issue of the Irish Sword. A short summary, 75 Years of Military History, is available by clicking the link below.

We also publish a message from the President of the Society, Brig Gen Tony Cudmore, to mark this historic occasion.

Goodwill messages were received from Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins; Tánaiste and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin; and the President of the International Commission of Military History, Prof Massimo de Leonardis.

Links to these messages are provided below.


75 Years of Military History

Message from President, MHSI

Message from Uachtarán na hÉireann

Message from Tánaiste and Minister for Defence

Message from President, ICMH.




    Summer 2024 Week-End Tour: 200 Years of Warfare in Sligo and the Northwest 1599-1798


    On Sunday 9th, Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June 2024 the Society will tour battlefields and other sites in the county of Sligo and the Northwest to study battles associated with the Nine Years War, the Confederate War, the Jacobite Wars, and the 1798 Rebellion. Booking is now open. Click here>> for full details and application form.




    MHSI Members' Survey:
    Summary Report Here>>
    Full Report Here>>

    Progress Report to 2019 AGM Here>>




    (P Comiskey 2024)