HONORARY PATRON – Senator David Norris, Irish Senator, human rights campaigner, Joycean scholar and broadcaster. David lives in Dublin where he is regurlarly seen going about town on his bicycle. An enigmatic figure and bon vivant, David is credited with bringing about change in the laws on homosexuality in Ireland and campaigning on many human rights issues including those of women and children.

In 2011 David was a candidate for the Irish Presidency and came a very respectable third in the November election. He remains a popular and well loved public figure in Ireland and on the international scene.

PRESIDENT – Derek J. Byrne M.Sc., OLJ, FINS, O’Byrne of Downes, Guardian of The Name, President of Finte O’Broin. Derek was educated at DCU, Oxford University, Trinity College in Dublin and NUI Maynooth where he is currently working for his Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education. An academic broadcaster and journalist, he lives and works in Dublin as the Station Manager of Pheonix FM and lectures in Addiction Studies at Maynooth University. Derek is also a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The Irish Times.

At the launch of the Napoleon Society of Ireland in March 2012, Derek was made a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and presented with the Medal of Honour of the International Napoleonic Society.

His enthusiasm for Napoloen began when his father Ned brought Derek and his brother Edward to see the film Waterloo when it was released in the cinema in 1972. Derek remembers the wall paper of his bedroom depicting the soldiers of the Napoleonic era and growing up with a father who was a keen enthusiast.

Derek’s family were delighted to discover their ancestoral connections to Miles Byrne of Monaseed, Captain in Napoleon’s Irish Regiment, giving them a genuine connection to Napoloen Bonaparte himself.

In November 2015, Derek had the honour of being invested as an Officer in the Military and Hospitilar Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

VICE-PRESIDENT – Cormac Finn O’Brien is a graduate from UL. His spelicasation  is Irish Rebels in the French Army, 1913  Dublin and the 1916 Easter rising. Cormac has written an article about the Australian perspective of the 1913 lockout and 1916 Easter rising found at Irish Aussie WordPress. He has spoken at two international Napoleonic Society in 2017 he spoke about the Marengo and the connections with North Cork in which he was awarded with a fellowship. In 2018 he spoke in Italy about Napoleonic Propaganda.

SECRETARY/TREASURER – Edward Byrne Snr. A descendant of the Byrnes of Clonmore, cousins to Miles Byrne of Monaseed who was Captain in Napoleon’s Irish Regiment. Edward (Ned) is a keen Napoleon enthusiast and has become quite an expert on the Napoleonic wars. He has a rare complete collection of lead soldiers depicting every cavalry and foot soldier regiment of the Napoleonic era. He lives in Dublin with his wife Phyllis.

Members with specific remit

Philip Emmet, descendant of Thomas Addis Emmet, brother of Robert Emmet who was exectuted in Dublin for his leading role in the ill-fated rebellion of 1803. Philip lives at Altidore Caslte in Wiklow with his wife Vicky and two sons.

Edward Byrne Jnr. CR, descendant of the Byrnes of Clonmore, cousins to Miles Byrne of Monaseed, Captain in Napoleon’s Irish Regiment. Edward lives in Dublin with his family but runs a transport company which sees him visit the ancestoral home of his family on a daily basis where he shares stories of the historic deeds of his family with other enthusiasts.

Edward’s particular area of interest in Irish history is the 1798 Rebellion in which Miles Byrne of Monaseed played a leading part, particularly at the battle of Vinegar Hill. Edward is currently researching his family ties to this event. Edward is a member of the NSI 2016 working group.

Ms. Cliona Buckley - Sectretary 2016 Committee. Cliona is an avid fan of Napoleon and collector of military attire. Cliona is a well known figure on the Dublin social scene and has worked as a solicitor and in property management. She lives in Dublin with her son Finn. Cliona is Secretary of the NSI 2016 working group.

Members at Large



J. David Markham, M.A., M. Ed., FINS, Legion of Merit, President of The International Napoleonic Society. An internationally renowned Napoleonic Scholar and award-winning author, David served as President of the Napoleonic Alliance from 2004 to 2007. An avid collector of Napoleonica, David has one of the worlds finest collections of Napoleonic snuff boxes. He now lives in Torronto, Canada with his wife.

Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, FINS, Director of Napoleon and French Revolutionary History, Florida State University.


Baron Denis Hoban KCHS, CCR, CEL, GODA. Denis was born in Dublin, Ireland and attended Synge Street School in the heart of the city. He emmigrated to Canada in 1958 and is now a retired employee of York Hydro Commission, Toronto, Ontario where he worked as a Department Supervisor.

In his illustrious career, Denis has received many honours and awards. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals,  Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Baron of the Imperial Royal House of the Nguyen Dynasty, a Companion of the Royal House of the Prince of Connaught, HRH The O’Conor Don and a Knight Commander of the Imperial Order of the Lion of Ethiopia. Denis also finds time in his busy schedule to be an active member of Clans of Ireland and a member of the Saint Patrick’s Parade Society of Toronto, Ontario.


Dr. Xavier RIAUD DDS, Fellow if the International Napoleonic Society, Medal of Honour of the International Napoleonic Society and a member of the Legion of Merit of the International Napoleonic Society. Xavier lives in Saint Herblain, a suberb of Nantes in France with his wife and two children, where he works as a DDS and PhD in the History of Sciences and Tecnics.

Xavier is a Winner and Associate Member of the French Dental Academy, a Knight of the Academic Palms Order and a Free Member of the French Surgical Academy. He has written over 300 articles of which more than 80 were on Napoleonic Medicine, and 20 books which have been translated into five languages and two of these were on Napoleonic Medicine.

USA (Washington DC)

Philip Farrell MA
- Originally from County Meath in Ireland with an MA from Limerick University, Philip has spent the last seven years working internationally. He currently works for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and lives in Washington DC. While Philip claims not to be an historian, he has been a life-long enthusiast and admirer of the life and philosophy of Napoleon Bonaparte and the United Irishmen.


Humanitarian Award – 1803 Medal

Chair - Derek Byrne

Secretary – Anne Farrelly

If you are interested in joining the board of the NSI or any of our committees or working groups, please contact Derek Byrne at

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