• Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 437 Personnel are serving overseas

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  • Current Missions

    Lebanon 2011, Same but Different

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  • Overseas History

    A proud tradition of participation in peace support operations

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  • Co-Operation in Europe

    Since 2009 The Defence Forces participates in the EU Battle Group

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  • Ireland and the United Nations

    Over 50 years of service

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  • Overseas Training

    Mission Readiness

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  • Overseas

    News and Events

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30 Aug 2014 - Update on Irish Defence Forces Personnel based in Golan Heights, Syria (UNDOF)

6.45 pm - In the early hours of Saturday 30 August members of the Irish 44th Infantry Group successfully conducted an operation to extract United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) troops from a UN Position that was...[Read more]

28 Aug 2014 - Update on Irish Defence Forces Troops based in Golan Heights in Syria (UNDOF)

6.10 pm - There have been a number of engagements between armed elements in the Golan Heights in the last 36 hours.[Read more]

Defence Forces - Overseas

Irelands Involvement with the UN

Ireland became a member of the United Nations in 1955. Since 1958, the Defence Forces have a continuous presence on peace support operations, mainly in the Middle East. However, in recent years, following the end of the cold war, Defence Forces personnel have also found themselves in many other parts of the globe as peace-keepers. 

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Overseas Videos

  • Arrival Home of the 42nd Inf Bn UNIFIL- Dublin Airport

  • St Patricks Day in UNDOF Syria

  • 105 Battalion Returns Home from Lebanon

  • Lebanon Mission Readiness Exercise