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10th March - Ministerial Review of the Syria Bound 44th Infantry Group.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D. accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, will review the troops of the 44th Infantry Group on Monday the 10th of March in Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny. The Lord Mayor of Kilkenny, Councillor Martin Brett will also be in attendance.

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kennedy, the 130 troops of the 44th Infantry Group have been in training for the past number of weeks and will deploy for a six month tour of duty to the Golan Heights, Syria later this month with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Drawn primarily from the 1st Brigade of the Army (Southern half of the country), the 44th Infantry Group will replace the 43rd Infantry Group who were deployed in September of last year.

The ceremonial occasion will consist of a parade, Ministerial Inspection and address followed by a march past within the barracks. The parade will be attended by the families of the members of the 44th Infantry Group and invited guests.

Press Release Date: Monday 10th March 2014

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