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 25 April 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Destroys Old Artillery Shell.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a six inch coastal artillery shell, which is likely to be from a rifle cannon at Kilmore Quay, Wexford this evening.

The projectile probably dated from the nineteenth century and was most likely solid shot without viable explosive content.

The Defence Forces deployed an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team to Wexford following a request from the Gardai.

The badly corroded artillery shell was apparently discovered in the net of a local fisherman who alerted the Gardai. A cordon was put in place for public safety.

The team arrived on scene at 8.45 pm and examined the projectile in location. The shell was declared safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion and will be returned to a secure military location for further examination and later disposal.

The scene was declared safe at 9.20pm.

Press Release Date: 25 April 2013

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