New Commanding Officer to take charge of 27th Battalion

Published 12/11/2004 | 00:11

Lt.Colonel Michael O’Sullivan who is leaving Aiken Barracks for a two year stint with the UN in Jerusalem.

A new Commanding Officer will take the helm at Dundalks Aiken Barracks as Lt.Colonel Michael OSullivan this week stepped down from the role to take on a UN post in Jerusalem.Lt.Col Peter Cooney takes over as C.O of the 27th Battalion with the departure of Lt.Colonel OSullivan who has led the border battalion for the last two years.A native of Knocknagree, C

By Olivia Ryan

A new Commanding Officer will take the helm at Dundalk’s Aiken Barracks as Lt.Colonel Michael O’Sullivan this week stepped down from the role to take on a UN post in Jerusalem.

Lt.Col Peter Cooney takes over as C.O of the 27th Battalion with the departure of Lt.Colonel O’Sullivan who has led the border battalion for the last two years.

A native of Knocknagree, Co.Cork, the Lt.Colonel has spent the majority of his military career in the Dundalk area, having first been posted to the local barracks in 1970.

“This will be my last posting in Dundalk after nearly thirty years in this area,” said Lt.Col O’Sullivan who has lived in Blackrock since 1983.

Having served overseas on a number of occasions, including tours in the Lebanon, Bosnia/Croatia and the Middle East, he has been particularly pleased to have spent most of his career in the border area.

Highlights of Lt.Col O’Sullivan term as Commanding Officer, include the 30th celebration of the formation of the 27th Battalion, and the hosting of the Special Olympics team from Greece, both of which took place last year.

He will be based in the Operations section of the UN headquarters in Jerusalem for the next two years, and is expected to be posted at a Dublin based barracks upon his return from the Middle East.



Lt.Col Cooney, who has previously served in Dundalk, is currently serving at Cathal Brugha Barrack, Dublin, and will take over as Officer Commanding of the 27th Battalion in the coming weeks.





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