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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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  • A Life Less Ordinary

    Today approximately 9,000 men and women serve in the Army.

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  • Defence Forces Organisation

    Army, Navy , Air Corp, Reserve

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  • Defence Forces Ceremonial

    Ceremonial Presence at State Occasions

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  • An Cosantóir

    Accurate and Timely Information

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  • Military Archives

    What is the Military Archives?

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General Defence Forces FAQ

Can I do work experience with the Defence Forces?

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Careers FAQ

What is the difference between enlisting as an Officer Cadet, an Apprentice or General Service?

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Naval Service FAQ

Is a Naval Career Exciting?

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Careers FAQ

How long can I stay in the Defence Forces?

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Guidance Counselor FAQ

How do I join the Army Ranger Wing?

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The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]

Defence Forces Information Centre

DF Information Office

The Defence Forces Information Office is responsible for providing accurate and timely information to members of the general public as well as serving and past members of the Defence Forces. The Information Office forms one of the three sections of Public Relations Section and is co located with Publications section in the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare.

Latest News

image descriptionFriday 22nd June 2018 - Defence Forces Commissioning Ceremony

11:45am - Naval Service Officer Commissioning Ceremony[more]

image descriptionFriday 22 December 2017 - Fire at Naval Base

5.40am - Fire at Naval Base Extinguished[more]

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11.40am - LÉ William Butler Yeats Rescue Operation Update – 310* Migrants On-board[more]

image description15th November 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 40* Migrants

3.45pm. - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 40* Migrants During a Search & Rescue Operation 44 Nautical Miles NE of Tripoli[more]