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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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Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Commissioning Ceremony .

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. and Defence Forces Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of 29 new Army Officers and 6 Maltese Officers at 3pm, Thursday 26th January in the Defence Forces Training Centre.

The 35 cadets have successfully completed a 15 month cadetship, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army and the Armed Forces of Malta.

The class is comprised of 5 Cadets who previously served as enlisted personnel and 15 university graduates with a range of qualifications including law, electronics, public administration, history and geography. Two of the newly commissioned officers have also obtained Masters' Degrees.

In receiving this Presidential Commission, the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”. The Maltese Cadets will receive a certificate of graduation.

This class was involved in the 2016 State Ceremonial Programme and provided a Guard of Honour for Uachtarán na hÉireann Micheal D. Higgins on his visit to the Military College when he unveiled the 1916 Commemorative Slates.


Press Release Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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