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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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Tuesday 24 July, 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Two Viable Improvised Explosive Devices .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe two viable Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) in Holy Well, Co. Sligo late last night.

The Defence Forces deployed to a forest entrance on Holy Well Road following a request from the Gardai; the area had been cordoned by the Gardai.

The team arrived on scene at 9.30pm and examined the devices. One of the devices was made safe in situ by controlled explosion and the other device was made safe for transportation and brought back to a secure military location for forensic exploitation.

The scene was declared safe at 11.45pm.

The remains of the devices will be handed over to Gardai today to assist in their investigations.

This is the 118th callout and 59th viable IED made safe by the Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

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Press Release Date: 24 July 2012

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Press Officer: Comdt. Denis Hanly

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