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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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Friday, 04 Mar 2016 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Tasked Twice Today.

Army Bomb Disposal Teams were tasked twice today to render safe explosive historical items in Dunhill, Co Waterford and Inistioge, Co Kilkenny.

Dunhill, Co Waterford

The Army Bomb Disposal Team were requested to Smoor, a rural location near the R681 outside Dunhill, Co Waterford, where a suspect device was found by a member of the public. The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 11 am and the device, which was found to be commercial dynamite left there for some time, was made safe at the scene by controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 11.40 pm.

Inistioge, Co Kilkennny

The Army Bomb Disposal were requested to tend to a suspect device found by a member of the public in the rural Tullogher area of Inistogue, Co Kilkenny. The team arrived on scene at 3.45 pm and the item, an early 19th Century Mills Type Grenade, was made safe by a controlled explosion.

People are kindly requested to report sitings of such items, from a safe distance and un-disturbed, to the Gardaí who may request Defence Forces assistance if required.

Commercial Explosives were commonly used for routine tasks such as path clearance before the advent of lift machinery. The Mills Type Grenade was commonly used during the War of Independence, Civil War and World Wars 1 & 2.

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Press Release Date: Friday, 04 Mar 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

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