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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Defence Forces commemorate 50th Anniversary of the death of Trooper Patrick Mullins.

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD, accompanied by Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Sean McCann, will attend a ceremony in Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick on Thursday the 15th of September at 11.00am to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the death of Trooper Patrick Mullins.

Trooper Mullins, who was a member of the 35th Infantry Battalion, died as a result of hostile action in Elizabethville in the Republic of Congo on Friday the 15th of September 1961. Despite exhaustive enquiries by the Irish Contingents in the area, Trooper Mullins’ remains were never recovered. 

Trooper Mullins was posthumously awarded the Defence Forces Military Star, the Defence Forces Peacekeepers Medal, the UN Medal (Congo) and the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold medal.

Following a concelebrated mass in Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick, a monument to Trooper Mullins, commissioned by the Defence Forces, will be dedicated by the Head Chaplain Monsignor Eoin Thynne, and military honours will be rendered by a firing party.

Press Release Date: Thursday 15th September, 2011

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