This web-site presents a developing inventory of war memorials in Ireland. 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. 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.
For the purposes of this inventory, an Irish war memorial is one on the island of Ireland 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.
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 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.
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 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.
This website was last updated on: 2013-05-17