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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Sunday 03 Jan 2016 - Defence Forces Aid to Civil Authority .

137 members of the Defence Forces have been deployed to aid Local Authorities nationwide in the past 24hrs.

The following is a summary of their primary deployments, correct at time of issue;


2 medics in a military 4x4 ambulance have provided assistance to the National Ambulance Service in the Athlone area.

8 soldiers in 4 Troop Carrying Vehicles (TCVs) have been filling and distributing sandbags in Clonbonny, Athlone.

30 soldiers have been filling and distributing sandbags in the Sandyrow Lisbawn Industrial Estate, Galway.

8 soldiers have been assisting with the evacuation of civilians and distributing sandbags in the Gort area.

42 soldiers have been deployed to Carrig-on-Sur, Clonmel in 6 TCVs and 2 Jeeps to provide lift capacity for evacuation of homes and to fill and distribute sandbags.

8 soldiers have been deployed to Clonlara to transport civilians and maintain water pumps in one Flat Bottom Boats and one Rigid Inflatable Boat.

30 soldiers have been deployed to man pumps along the River Shannon in Athlone (previously manned by volunteers).

9 soldiers have been deployed to assist locals with mobility and resupply tasks in the Dungarvan Road area of Clonmel.

There are soldiers on one hour notice to move at military installations nationwide, should they be requested by civil authorities.

View images from the Various Deployments

Press Release Date: Sunday 03 Jan 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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