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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Saturday 03 October 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Safe Historic Grenade.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a historic grenade in Aughrim, Co. Galway this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team following a request from An Garda Síochána after a badly corroded Mills 36 type hand grenade was found on grassland by a member of the public, close to a walking path.

The team arrived on scene at 4.50 pm where they conducted a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 5.30 pm.

The Mills type grenade is early twentieth century in origin and was utilised during the War of Independence, the Civil War and World Wars 1 and 2. Should members of the public find such a device they should 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.

File photos of Disposal teams can be viewed on our Flickr Channel

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Press Release Date: Saturday 03 October 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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