We are a group of like minded people who formed the STMHS just over a year ago to develop our interest in this subject and we would like you to join us. There are no limits put on which areas of Military History we will explore, some people have a preference for the 1st or 2nd World War, some for our own War of Independence and Civil War, and some have a broader interest in wars in general.
We are not about glorifying war, if anything we would be more about the impact of war on those who fought and died and those who survived, and where possible keeping alive their memory and respecting them by organising tours to the battlefields where they fought, and wreath laying ceremonies at their place of rest.
While it is hard to put an exact figure on the number of Irish casualties in for instance the First World War, it is generally accepted that between 35000 and 50000 Irishmen gave their lives, with a similar number injured in varying degrees of severity, while it is estimated that approximately 15000 Irishmen died during the Second World War.
In South Tipperary alone, on the Memorial Monument in Cahir, are listed the names of 87 men from the locality who died in the First World War. While 32 of these men were enrolled in the Royal Irish Regiment, due mainly to the 5th and 6th Battalions of this Regiment being formed in Clonmel in August and September 1914, they also came from such diverse groups as the Army Cyclists Corps and the Punjabis. Many of their names are instantly recognisable to us today as Tipperary names, such as Hally, Lonergan, Looby, Wall, Maunsell and many more, and many of us have our own personal stories to tell of relatives who fought in various wars and the impact on them if they survived, and the impact on their families, sometimes for generations, if they did not.
Our new website has just been launched, it is hoped that this will add to Members enjoyment of the Society and is packed full of useful information, photographs, links etc. There is also a Forum where Members can liaise with each other and others with a similar interest and which it is hoped will become a mine of useful information for anybody doing research, looking for assistance etc as well as a Calendar of events for both ourselves and other Groups that Members might be interested in.
Already our Secretary Michael Dolan has been busy filling pages with some of the results of his research and it is definitely worth checking out.
If you have any suggestions for how we can improve the website or want to put something on it that you think might be of interest to others, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will see what we can do to assist. The website address is http://stmhs.ie
Our next Lecture presented by Noel Carey and titled The Siege of Jadotville, A Coy, 35th Inf Bn, Katanga, September 1961will be on Tuesday night 20th September at 8pm in Slievenamon Golf Club Lisronagh . This is really not one to be missed. Members €2 Non Members €5, all welcome.
If you have an interest in Military History of any era or just a General Interest, check out our website http://stmhs.ie and see what we are about and if you are interested in joining us just contact us via one of the email addresses at the foot of the page or our Chairperson Kay Neagle on 086-0655428. We are always looking for new Members and you will be more than welcome. Membership costs just €25 per year and €2 per Lecture.
We are also on Facebook where Members can interact with each other and others from across the globe who share the same interest and also on Twitter @STMHS1.