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 29 July - Air Corps Medivac Three Casualties.

An Air Corps AW139, operating in support of Mountain Rescue Ireland, has medivaced three casualties from Croagh Patrick who were taking part in the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage.

At approx 11.00am a 83 year old woman was airlifted from the mountain side and brought to the Order of Malta field hospital operating at the base of the mountain.

Almost immediately after transferring the first patient a second call was received to medivac a teenage boy. The boy was medivaced off the summit and brought directly to Castlebar Hospital.

At approx 2.00pm an Italian male was airlifted from half way up the mountain and brought to the Order of Malta field hospital operating at the base of the Mountain.

In addition to the two Air Corps pilots and crewman the helicopter has a Mountain Rescue Doctor and Paramedic on board.

The helicopter will remain in location until last light tonight.

This operation does not affect the Air Corps helicopters that are part of the Athlone based EAS or Baldonnel based Air Ambulance Service.


Press Release Date:  29 July, 2012

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