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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Defence Forces Training Centre

The Defence Forces Training Centre is the centre of excellence for all Defence Forces training, education and logistical units. The units of the DFTC include:

  • The Defence Forces Training Centre Headquarters
  • The Military College
  • The CIS Group,
  • The Engineer Group,
  • The Ordnance Group
  • The MP Group
  • The Transport Group
  • A detachment of the Central Medical Unit
  • 1 Mechanized Infantry Company
  • 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron 
  • The Army Ranger Wing

Area of Responsibility

The DFTC encompasses the Curragh Camp and the Glen of Imaal and offers large outdoor areas for training in activities as diverse as artillery and anti armour firing ranges, cross country driving and FIBUA (Fighting In Built Up Areas).


The Military College is the main training unit in the camp with the Command and Staff School, Officer Training Wing, Cadet School, NCO Training Wing, Infantry Weapons Wing, United Nations Training School, Cavalry School, Artillery School, Military Administration School and Defence Forces Physical Education School coming under its command.

Other Training Schools operating in the DFTC are:

  • CIS School
  • School of Military Engineering
  • Transport and Vehicle Maintenance School
  • Ordnance School
  • Military Police School

These schools come under the command of their respective Group Commanders.

As the centre of excellence for Defence Forces training the DFTC does not have an Area of Operations however it continues to provide specialist support to on-island operations in both Aid to The Civil Power and Aid to The Civil Authority and to overseas units. 

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