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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19th October - Calling all Transition Year Students!.

"Ireland shows the ability of small states to make a big difference" Ban Ki Moon.

To mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the United Nations The Defence Forces are inviting transition year students from ten schools to visit our United Nations Training School Ireland, Curragh Camp Co. Kildare between Monday 09 and Friday 12 November to learn about the United Nations and Ireland's contribution to world peace since 1955.

During that week two schools per day can attend a seminar where students will learn about the origin and early years of the UN, Ireland's peacekeeping experiences, the humanitarian and civilian dimensions of the UN and the challenges the UN faces into the future. Students will receive a certificate of attendance from the United Nations Training School Ireland.

Your school should apply for more details directly to the United Nations Training School at , outlining why your school is interested in attending the UN Seminar. Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 50 students per school.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27 October 2015. Schools will be informed on Monday 02 November. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Press Release Date: 19th October 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer