Monthly meetings of the RIYC Military History Group take place in the Drawing Room at 19.30hrs and all Members and their guest are welcome. There is an optional supper in the dining room following same at 20.45hrs. Cost €20 main course and a glass of wine. Reservations to or online.


Upcoming dates are:

Wednesday 2 October: A hard look at the battle of the Boyne' with Dr. Harman Murtagh, outgoing president of the Military History Society of Ireland, and a former editor of the Society's journal The Irish Sword.

In 1689-91 Ireland was a significant theatre in a major European war. In terms of numbers involved, the largest battle in Irish history was fought at the River Boyne on 1 July 1690, when over 60,000 soldiers confronted each other  The armies were led by rival kings, and the engagement had Irish, British and international implications. This illustrated lecture discusses the background, armies, course of operations, personalities and drama of the event, and summarises its outcomes. Reference is also made to the naval aspect of the war.

Dr Harman Murtagh was an historical adviser to the to the government's Battle of the Boyne project at Donore and to the Ulster Museum Kings in Conflict exhibition, commemorating the tercentenary of the battle. Amongst more than sixty scholarly publications, he has contributed a guide to the Boyne battlefield and is currently completing a book on the Irish Jacobite army.  He is a visiting fellow at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is a former commodore of Lough Ree Yacht Club, where he has raced in Shannon-one-designs for sixty years. 

Wednesday 6 November:  "Uncle Willy's war, the North Atlantic convoys" with RIYC Member, Dr. Peter Boylan. 

Peter Boylan’s uncle Willy ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually ended up captaining one of the transatlantic convoy ships. The ship was sunk but he was awarded the OBE for outstanding courage in ensuring the survival of his crew.  Uncle Willy's story will form the background to the presentation on the North Atlantic convoys.

Wednesday 27 November:  Waterloo Disremembered with Hal Sisk, RIYC Member and Chairman Association of Yachting Historians.

The conventional narrative of Wellington's great victory in 1815 omits, either accidentally through ignorance, or by choosing not to remember, the crucial contributions of other forces, not just the late arrival of Blucher's Prussians, but also critical encounters before the battle. And long after the battle, the work of hundreds of Dubliners was "disremembered" in a surprising "fake news" manipulation of the record---Wellington's Smallest Victory. Hal Sisk hopes to reveal for us the hidden and forgotten contributors to the defeat of Napoleon, and especially William Siborne.




All members welcome, more details available from Winifred McCourt or 087 2446004