Former Defence chief Earley dies aged 62
Former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Dermot Earley has died, the Defence Forces said today.
The officer had been battling illness for a number of months and retired due to ill health on June 13. He was 62.
Born in 1948, Lt Gen Earley joined the Defence Forces as a cadet in 1965.
He was one of the earliest soldiers to join the Army Ranger Wing and served in the United Nations missions in the Middle East from 1975 to 1977 and in Lebanon in 1982/83.
He was appointed deputy military adviser to the Secretary General of the UN at UN headquarters in New York from 1987 to 1991.
Lt Gen Earley was also a gifted GAA footballer - a two-time All Star winner and after playing for Roscommon for nearly 20 years he was widely regarded as one of the finest players never to win the Sam Maguire.
He is survived by his mother Kitty, his wife Mary, sons David, Dermot and Conor and daughters Paula, Ann-Marie and Noelle and grandson Oisin.
The Defence Forces said a military funeral is being planned.