This Month marks the 100 year anniversary of the publication "The Irish Volunteer". 

The first edition was published on the 7th February 1914 shortly after the foundation of the Irish Volunteers and from then on it was published by the proprietor of the ‘Enniscorthy Echo’. Editorial approval was given by the Provisional Committee.  It ceased publication on the eve of the 1916 Rising.

The Irish Volunteer was known as the official organ of the Irish Volunteers, which aimed to provide guidance and to develop the Volunteer movement. as quoted on the first edition.

"In our next and subsequent issues we will deal with the Volunteer movement from a more practical point of view. To this end we will aim at providing every recruit with simple lessons in the various branches of training. Drill, rifles and rifle practice, semaphore signalling, ambulance work will be dealt with by experts, who will treat their various subjects simply and in plain language. 'The Irish Volunteer'  will be a record of the progress of the movement and an invaluable handbook for every recruit." 

The Irish Volunteer covering the years 1914 to 1916 can be viewed in digital or paper form in the Military Archives reading room by appointment with the Duty Archivist.