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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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Air Corps Conduct Air Ambulance Mission .

An Air Corps AW 139 helicopter, using specialist Night Vision Goggles, conducted an Air Ambulance Organ Retrieval operation early this morning

An Air Corps AW 139 helicopter, using specialist Night Vision Goggles, conducted an Air Ambulance Organ Retrieval operation early this morning.

A specialist HSE Organ Retrieval Team from Beaumont Hospital were flown from Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel to Kerry Airport from where they transferred to Tralee General Hospital.

Once the organ harvesting was complete the HSE Team were flown from Kerry Airport by AW139 to Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel  from where they were transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

The Air Ambulance mission departed Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel at 00.15am this morning and completed the mission at 8.30am.

This is the 55th Air Ambulance operation conducted by the Air Corps so far this year.

Air Corps pilots are the only pilots within the state who have the capability to fly using Night Vision Goggles.

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Press Release Date: 29th September, 2011

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