Military Guard CeremonyThe National Monument

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Army Careers

The largest component of the Defence Forces, the Army constantly strives to recruit the best personnel. There are three entry levels for joining the Army i.e. as a Cadet, a Recruit or as an Apprentice. Each approach offers a different career path and differing challenges.


Officers are the managers, decision makers, and leaders of the Defence Forces. An Army Cadet engages in 15 months training in the Military College, Curragh Camp covering many fields of study before taking up an operational appointment in the Army as an Officer. The attributes of a good Officer include the ability to make good decisions in stressful situations, an interest in physical fitness and a sound understanding of military tactics. If you think that you have what it takes to lead Irish troops on a UN mission, and would like a career as an Army Cadet then:

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The Enlisted Ranks account for the vast majority of personnel in the Irish Army. These men and women all have one thing in common, Recruit Training. 17 weeks of intense training go into making every Irish Army Private. In that time the Recruit is transformed from a civilian into a professional soldier of the Irish Army. Every day of training presents a new challenge as the Recruit becomes skilled in foot and arms drill, rifle marksmanship, fieldcraft and military tactics. If you want a career doing what others pay to experience, then rise to the challenge as and

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