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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The Air Corps currently operates two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and operate seven days a week usually in the off shore maritime patrol arena.

Working in close conjunction with the Naval Service, the two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft of 101 Squadron provide an aerial platform for patrolling the Irish Economic Zone, an area of approximately 132,000 square miles or 16% of the total EU sea fisheries. This in itself represents an area almost five times the land area of Ireland and encompasses perhaps one of the most productive fisheries in the world.


  • Offshore maritime patrol
  • Inshore maritime patrol
  • Air ambulance
  • Military transport
  • Search and Rescue top cover
  • Parachuting operations
CASA Statistics

Aircraft Type

Casa CN235-100 MPA


Maritime patrolling, air ambulance, military transport, Search and Rescue top cover and Parachuting operations


2 Pilots, 2 Sensor and Radar Operators, 1 Photographer


2 x General Electric CT7-9C turbo props

Wing Span

25.81 metres (84 feet 8 inches)


8.12 metres. (26 feet, 8 inches)


21.4 metres (70 feet, 3 inches)


Not Applicable

Entered Service


CASA Performance

Max T/O Weight

15,800 Kilograms (34,800 pounds)

Service Ceiling

25,000 feet

Cruise Speed

180 Knots (Patrol cruise)

Maximum Speed

240 knots


8 hours (Plus reserves)


1,440 nautical miles (Patrol operations)

CASA Maritime Patrol


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