Wednesday 28 September 2016

Death occurs of Lieutenant General William 'Bill' Callaghan

Published 26/12/2015 | 21:09

Portrait of Major-General William Callaghan, Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Portrait of Major-General William Callaghan, Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The death has occurred of Lieutenant General William "Bill" Callaghan.

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The Cork native had the unique distinction of holding the two most important United Nations appointments in the Middle East and arguably the world during a particularly tumultuous period in the 1980s.

Lt Gen Callaghan was the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon from February 1981 to May 1986 and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation from May 1986 to June 1987.

Lt Gen Callaghan was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal  from the Irish Defence Forces for his outstanding contribution.

He was also awarded the French Legion d'Honneur and the Lebanese National Order of the Cedar.

William Callaghan joined the Defence Forces via the 13th Cadet Class in 1939.

Every year, the "Lt Gen William Callaghan Sword" is awarded to the Cadet who displays the best tactical ability throughout their intensive officer training course in the Cadet School.

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