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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16 June 2015 - Defence Forces Announces appointment of Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations).

Kieran Brennan, the General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade has been promoted to the rank of Major General and will assume the role of Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations).

Major General Brennan has thirty nine years service and a wide range of experience from his commissioning into the Infantry Corps in 1977. He has instructed in the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre and served as Battalion Commander of the Third Infantry Battalion in Stephens Barracks Kilkenny. He also served as the Director of Human Resource Management for the Defence Forces before taking command of 1 Brigade of the Army, headquartered in Collins Barracks Cork.

Major General Kieran Brennan has extensive overseas experience. He has served twice with United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1982 and 1997. He served as Company Commander with the 28th Infantry Group as part of a KFOR Multinational Battalion in Kosovo in 2004. In 2008 Major General Brennan commanded the 98th Infantry Battalion with the EUFOR Mission in Chad and in 2010 he served as Deputy Military Advisor at the Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna.

As Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) Major General Brennan is responsible for all Defence Forces Operations at home and overseas as well as all training and education conducted by the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

Major General Kieran Brennan is a native of Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny. A former student of St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny he hails from a strong GAA family and has played hurling for Kilkenny at all levels. He won two All-Ireland senior hurling medals in 1982 and 1983, and was a GAA All Star in 1984. He is married to Maria and they have three children. Their daughter Karen is a national school teacher in Ashford, County Wicklow, and their sons Kieran and Shane, are a Captain and Lieutenant respectively in the Army.

Press Release Date: 16 June 2015

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