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 operations overnight and this morning.

The Defence Forces were involved in a number of operations overnight and this morning as follows:

Banagher, Co. Offaly:

A Naval Service Dive Team deployed to Banagher, Co. Offaly yesterday afternoon to assist in the search for a missing person. The team commenced diving operations this morning.

Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow:

Defence Forces Troops and vehicles assisted in the search for a missing Garda near Baltinglass overnight and this morning.


Troops provided assistance with sandbagging in the Blackhorse Avenue area last night.

Transport was provided to the staff of Our Lady's Hospice , Harolds Cross  this morning.


An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe old Improvised Explosive Device components on the Kells Road outside Navan last night.

Press Release Date: 25th October, 2011

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Neil Nolan

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

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