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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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Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe viable Improvised Explosive Device .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to an address at Sycamore Drive, Newtownmountkennedy in response to a request by the Gardai.

The team arrived on scene at 3.20pm and made the device safe. It was then removed to a military installation for further examination, and subsequently handed over to the Gardai for their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 4.15pm.

In a separate callout, an Army Bomb Team carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect device in a hedgerow off St Laurence's Road, Ballyerfmot this evening. The device, which was located under the N4, was subsequently declared a Hoax. 

The team arrived on scene at 7.05pm, and the area was declared safe at 7.50pm. 

Today’s operations bring the total number of Bomb Disposal callouts so far this year to 188.


Press Release Date: Sunday 25th September, 2011

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