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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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Thursday 14 February 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Viable Improvised Explosive Device .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the Watercourse Road, Cork this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team in response to a request from the Gardai after a suspect device was found by construction workers adjacent to a house located on Hill Grove Lane, on the Watercourse Road. The Team arrived on scene at 3.20 pm and a cordon was put in place around the scene for public safety. Nearby houses were also evacuated.The suspect device was rendered safe in situ without the need for a controlled explosion and was then moved to a secure military location for further technical examination and testing. The scene was declared safe at 4.00 pm. 

The device has now been confirmed as a viable IED following further testing and it's component parts will be handed over to the Gardai to assist in their investigation into the incident.


Press Release Date:  14 February, 2013

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