by ehistoryadmin on June 10, 2016

Soldiers of the Short Grass

A History of the Curragh Camp
by Dan Harvey


There is one location, more than any other, that is inextricably linked to Irish military history – its memory indelibly etched in the minds of the thousands of personnel who have trained and worked there: the Curragh Camp, County Kildare. Soldiers of the Short Grass is the first complete history of this pivotal institution. Priced at €14.99, this illustrated paperback, featuring rare and previously unpublished images from the Camp, is available in bookshops and from

About the book: Soldiers of the Short Grass is the compelling and fascinating history of the Curragh Camp from its foundation in 1855 to the present day, under both British and Irish occupation, and across many evocative era and episodes. This unique military base has been key in shaping Irish history while being shaped in turn by the great national and international conflicts of the 19th and 20th century: the Crimean War, the Boer War, the Great War, the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence, which are all accounted for under the banner of the British Army in Part One.

At noon on May 16th, 1922 the first Irish Tricolour was hoisted overhead the Curragh Camp in a ceremony that would have been unthinkable to the camp’s residents of the previous seventy years. Yet the transition signalled no change to its level of service: the Curragh’s forces were quickly embroiled in the Irish Civil War, later oversaw the years of the modern Troubles, and forged an international role with the Irish Defence Forces peacekeeping duties abroad – each conflict and intervention is fully represented in the title’s second section, The Irish. Soldiers of the Short Grass is the most authoritative history of a vital institution that has shaped Irish affairs during periods of domestic turmoil as well as defining its military role on the international stage.

About the Author: Lieutenant Colonel Dan Harvey has served on operations at home and abroad for over thirty-five years to date. He has previously written about major incidents involving Irish Defence Force members on active overseas peacekeeping service, including Peace Enforcers: The EU Intervention in Chad, and Peacekeepers: Irish Soldiers in the Lebanon.


Soldiers of the Short Grass will be launched on Wednesday 15 June at 6 p.m. Ceannt Officer’s Mess, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.

Guest Speaker will be Kevin Myers

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