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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Thursday 01 November 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Viable Improvised Explosive Device .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Athy last night. The Defence Forces deployed a Team to a residential area near the Carlow Road in Athy following a request from the Gardai.

The area had been cordoned off by the Gardai and some local residents had to be evacuated for their own safety during the operation.

The team arrived on scene at 11.15 pm and examined the device which was located near a vehicle outside a private residence. The viable device was rendered safe in situ by means of controlled explosion and the remains of the device were handed over to the Gardai to assist with their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 1.20 am and the team returned to base.

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Press Release Date: Thursday 01 November 2012

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