Welcome to the Irish War Memorials Project
The Irish War Memorials Project is a developing inventory of memorials in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to all conflicts, including those relating to service with the United Nations. It includes photographs of each memorial, and details of the sites. With each memorial there is a PDF file with a transcription of the text on the memorial and, in many cases, further information about those whose names appear on them.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MANY MEMORIALS CARRY, AS WELL AS THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO DIED, THE NAMES OF THOSE FROM THE DISTRICT WHO SERVED AND SURVIVED. The site may therefore be of use to family historians researching relatives who lived at the time wars were going on. Also, the names of civilian casualties may appear on war memorials.
There is a database of all of those named, which allows a search for individual persons, with links to the photographs of the memorials. It is also possible to search for all memorials in a particular place or county; for all memorials to a particular war; or for all persons in a particular regiment or service. To find out how to perform these searches, please go to the How to use this site page. All of the text and photographs are free of copyright, but acknowledgement of the origin of any material copied would be appreciated.
The main purpose of the project is to make available, to family historians and relatives, the names of those recorded on war memorials and images of the memorials and the inscriptions. If you find someone of interest to you, please send an e-mail message saying so, to encourage those who contribute to the project. Higher quality photographs can be provided, and it may be possible to answer queries about the memorials themselves. The address is webmaster[at]irishwarmemorials.ie (put @ in place of [at]).
For the purposes of this inventory, a war memorial is one which commemorates those who were involved, whether they died or not, in any conflict. It includes civilians as well as service personnel (including irregular forces), and members of armed services who died on active service but not during a war (e.g. in peace-time training accidents). It also includes memorials to members of the Irish Defence Forces who died on duty with the United Nations.
Many of those named on memorials are included in published lists in books, sometimes with photographs. Where this is known to be the case, the book is named and information about it is provided. In general, the books mentioned are lists of casualties or published rolls of honour, but regimental and military histories are not included. All of the information recorded in the inventory is to be passed on to the Military History Department of the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin. Records of memorials in Northern Ireland will also be sent to the U.K. National Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum in London.
If you would like to contribute to the inventory, please do so. Go to the "How to contribute" page to find out how to do it. Also, see the 'Records wanted' page to see if there is a memorial in your district to be seen.