RecruitmentGeneral Service

The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Both Competitions will close on Sunday 29th April 2018.

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Recipients of the Medal (DSM)

The Distinguished Service Medal with Honour

Rank Name
Lt Gen John McKeown
Comdt Kevin Nunan
Capt Arthur Magennis
Cpl Charles Connolly
Comdt Patrick O'Shea
Sgt William Byrne
Armn Owen Sherry
Cpl James Doohan
Maj Gen James Quinn
Lt Gen Carl O'Sullivan
Lt Gen William Callaghan
Lt Gen Louis Hogan
Lt Gen  James Parker
Sgt Gerry Lanigan
Lt Gen James N. Bergin
Lt Gen Gerry McMahon
Lt Gen David Stapleton
Lt Gen Colm Mangan
Lt Gen Jim Sreenan
Cpl Niall Byrne
Capt Micahel Baker
Sgt Patrick Mooney
Capt David O'Flaherty
Lt Gen Pat Nash
Lt Gen Dermot Earley
Lt Gen Seán McCann
Lt Gen Conor O'Boyle

The Distinguished Service Medal with Distinction

Rank Name
Lt Col      Justin McCarthy
Lt Col Patrick Barry
Lt Col       Michael Hogan
Comdt Columba Browne
Comdt Joseph Fitzpartick
Comdt James Flynn
Capt  Thomas Boyle
Capt James Lavery
Capt Roger McCorley
Capt  John Norton
Capt Michael Purfield
Capt Thomas Quinlan
Lt Peter Feely
Lt  Anthony Murphy
Lt Patrick Riordan
Sgt Maj Patrick Norris
C/S Daniel Carroll
C/S Walter Hegarty
C/S William McLoughlin
CQMS James Cotter
Sgt Alfred Johnston
Sgt John Quirke
Sgt Michael Rowland
Sgt George Shaughnessy
Cpl William Allen
Cpl Gerard Francis
Cpl John Kavanagh
Cpl Patrick Gregan
Cpl Michael O'Sullivan
Pte Anthony Connolly
Comdt Brian McMahon
Sgt Thomas Dunne
Cpl Michael Brady
Capt Thomas Croke
Cpl Terence Kelly
Cpl John Ring
Comdt Joseph Fallon
Lt Col Gerard O'Sullivan
Comdt James Flynn
Sgt Richard Murray
Comdt Patrick O'Shea
Capt Donal Loughnane
Sgt Maurice Lordan
Pte Michael Dillon
Pte  Colin Douglas
Pte  Michael Burke
Sgt John Power
PO Michael McIntyre
Pte Edward Doyle
Lt Cdr James Robinson
PO Muiris Mahon
LS McGrath John
AB Terence Browne
Armn David Byrne
Lt Denis Harrington
Comdt Jurgen Whyte
Comdt James Corby
Sgt Bernard Heron
Cpl David Carolan
Sgt Michael Fleming
Lt Cdr Mark Mellett
Lt Cdr Jamie Cotter

The Distinguished Service Medal with Merit

Rank Name
Sgt        John O'Reilly
Sgt Thomas Maguire
Sgt Patrick McCormack
C/S Felix Grant
Pte Patrick Wall
Pte  John Murray
Pte James Murray
Pte Peter Madigan
Cpl Aiden Doyle
Cpl John Keenan
Pte Christopher Doolan
Pte John Clarke
Cpl Anthony Woodcock
Cpl Francis O'Neill
Cpl Edward Dolan
Cpl John Kealy
Cpl James Feery
Cpl James Fallon
Sgt William Whelan
Sgt John Ryan
Sgt William O'Sullivan
Sgt James McCafffrey
Sgt Patrick Mulcahy
Sgt Daniel Mannix
Sgt Patrick Hayes
Sgt William Hartley
Sgt John Daly
Sgt Richard Connolly
Sgt Joseph Cashman
Sgt Daniel Ahern
C/S Christopher Walsh
Chaplain Edward Dunne
Sgt Michael Smith
Cpl Noel Mullins
CPO Patrick Tumulty
Sgt Joseph Darcy
Pte Richard Perry
Pte Edward Long
LS Michael Quinn
A/Sea Paul Kellett
Sgt Richard O'Shea
Sgmn Michael Geoghan
Cpl Timothy McCarthy
Cpl Aidan O'Halloran
A/Sea Patrick Kennedy
Comdt Ian Byrne
C/S David Murphy
Pte Paul Coventry
A/Sea Gerard Dore
A/Sea David Lynch
Pte Kenneth Benson
Pte Patrick Kennedy
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The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]