Irish military diaspora

Irish Military Diaspora

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The Irish military diaspora refers to the many people of either Irish birth or extraction (see Irish diaspora) who have served in foreign military forces, regardless of rank, duration of service, or success.

Many foreign military units where primarily made of Irish people or those of Irish military diaspora and had the word 'Irish', an Irish place name or an Irish person in the unit's name. 'Irish' named military units took part in numerous conflicts throughout world history.Harris, R. G.: The Irish Regiments 1689-1999 , Sarpedon New York (1989, 1999) ISBN 1-885119-62-3Murphy, David: The Irish Brigades 1685-2006, Four Courts Press Dublin (2007) ISBN 978-1-84682-080-9 The first military unit of this kind was in Dutch service on loan by England in 1674 under the command of Daniel O'Brien, 4th Viscount Clare.



A significant number of Irish people, of both the Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian denominations, and their descendants, have served in the forces of the British Crown over the centuries (by the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, well over one-half of the British military forces consisted of Irish men), because of:-

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