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Sunday 20 April 2014

An Post pays tribute to defence forces in range of stamps

An Post has paid tribute to Irish Defence Forces in a new range of stamps.

An Post has paid tribute to Irish Defence Forces in a new range of stamps.

The 60c set of four depicts the branches of the force – army, navy, air corps and reserve.

Speaking at the launch of the range, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle said: I am very appreciative to An Post for their work in issuing this special commemorative set of stamps as a salute to the modern Irish Defence Forces. The stamps symbolise the ethos of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Defending, Protecting and Supporting, at home and overseas.”  

Since 1958, when a group of fifty officers was assigned to peacekeeping duties in the Lebanon, the Irish Defence Forces have served with distinction overseas.

 During the UN mission to the Congo (1960–1964), almost 6,000 Irish soldiers were involved. Subsequent UN missions involving the Defence Forces include Cyprus, the Sinai, South Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina and now Syria.

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