Flashes of gunfire lit up the countryside as the Defence Forces were put through their paces in a training exercise.
Under the close eye of Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Sean McCann, the Cavalry Corps of the Defence Forces conducted a combined weapons shoot, with a variety of armoured vehicles on display at the Glen of Imaal in Co Wicklow.
The shoot was co-ordinated by the Cavalry School located in the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp.
The troops were testing and exercising crew and equipment in order to prepare for overseas peace-keeping deployment.
The armoured vehicles firing on the day ranged from Panhard AML 90s – which date from the 1960s and were used in the Congo peacekeeping mission – to the modern fleet of Medium Reconnaissance Vehicles, the Mowag (MRV), equipped with a 30mm Cannon – currently being deployed in Lebanon with the 107th IrishFinn Battalion.
The Cavalry Corps has a long, proud tradition of service to the State.