60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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The Army is organised on conventional military lines providing a sufficiently flexible structure to carry out all the roles assigned by Government.  The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad.


The Army Brigades

1st Brigade

The 1st Brigade is responsible for military operations in the southern region of the country.

Its area of responsibility includes the counties of:

Carlow, Laois, Offaly, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick Clare, Tipperary and Galway.

HQ of the 1st Brigade (Bde) is located in Collins Barracks, Cork. The other Barracks located in the 1st Brigade area of responsibility (AOR) include:

  • Collins Barracks in Cork
  • Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick
  • Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny
  • Kilworth Training Camp in Kilworth
  • Dún Ui Mhaoilíosa, Galway

2nd Brigade

The 2nd Brigade is responsible for military operations in the northern region of the country. Its area of responsibility includes the counties of:

Wicklow, Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Longford, , Meath, Westmeath, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim & Mayo.

HQ of the 2nd Brigade is located in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, Dublin. The other Barracks located in the 2nd Brigade area of responsibility (AOR) include: 

  • McKee Barracks , Dublin 7
  • St Bricins Hospital, Dublin
  • Gormanstown Camp in Co Meath
  • Aiken Barracks, Dundalk
  • Custume Barracks, Athlone
  • Finner Camp in Ballyshannon

Defence Forces Training Centre

The Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC) is located in The Curragh Camp in Co Kildare. The DFTC consists of a HQ element and all Defence Forces training, education and logistical units.

The following Defence Forces 'Reserve' Units are also located in the DFTC:

  • 1 Mechanised Infantry Company
  • 1st Armoured Cavalry Squadron 
  • The Army Ranger Wing (ARW)

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The Army consists of the following Corps:

  • Infantry
  • Cavalry
  • Artillery
  • Communications and Services (CIS)
  • Engineers
  • Ordnance
  • Medical
  • Transport
  • Military Police

Read more about the different Army Corps 

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