Ceremonial Military GuardThe National Monument

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 16th July to Saturday 20th August 2016.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces, across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.


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Defence Forces Publications

The Defence Forces publish many Publications throughout the year. The following publications have been sanctioned for general distribution:

Department of Defence Forces and Defence Forces Annual Reports

Each year the Defence Forces in conjunction with the Department of Defence publish an annual Report.

List and view the DOD & Defence Forces Annual Reports

Defence Forces Review

From time to time the Defence Forces publish reviews.

List and view the Defence Forces Reviews

Defence Forces Strategy Statements

The Defence Forces will publish strategy statements.

List and view the Defence Forces Strategy Statements

Miscellaneous Reports

All other reports that are published by the Department of Defence or reports published by the Department of Defence in conjunction with the Defence Forces will be listed under this section.

List and view Defence Forces Miscellaneous Reports

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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]