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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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25 January 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Rendered Safe Historic Grenade.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe an historic yet viable Mills type grenade in Aghada, Cork this evening.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in response to a request from An Garda Sí­ochána after a suspect device was found during excavation work on a private residence in the Aghada area of East Cork.

The team arrived on scene at 6.30 pm and safely transported the device to an open green area to conduct a controlled explosion.

A cordon was put in place for public safety.

The scene was declared safe at 7.20 pm.

This type of grenade is early twentieth century in origin and was utilised during the War of Independence, the Civil War and World Wars 1 and 2.

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.


Press Release Date:   Sunday 25 January 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

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