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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 27 May 2016 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Rendered Safe Historic Artillery Shell.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a historic yet viable Artillery Shell in a forested area near the Lee Road, Cork City this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team in response to a request from An Garda Síochána after a suspicious device was found protruding from undergrowth by members of the public.

The team arrived on scene at 5 pm and made the shell safe in situ by a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 7 pm.

This type of Artillery Shell is early 20th century in origin and was utilised during the War of Independence and World War 1. Should members of the public find such a device it is advised to keep a safe distance and inform the Gardaí.

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

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Press Release Date: Friday 27 May 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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