Sunday 20 October 2019

Defence Forces personnel serving overseas wish families at home Happy Christmas

Members of the defence forces
Members of the defence forces
From Left to Right in the photo: CS John Kelleher - Cork Lt Col Patrick Kelly -Clare Col David Goulding - Kilkenny Comdt Claire Spelman - Cork CS Noel Doherty - Donegal CS Matthew McNamara - Kildare.
Cpl Eanna Moriarity, Athlone, Private Aaron Watts, Athlone, Cpl Dave O Brien, Dublin, Lt Dempsey, Dublin, Pte Thomas O Neill, Dublin & Cpl Kevin Conlon
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The Defence Forces currently has 650 military personnel serving in 13 different countries around the world.

During the past 12 months over 1,690 soldiers, sailors and aircrew rotated through 13 counties and one sea on a range of peace support operations.

2018 also marked the 60th Anniversary of unbroken overseas service with the United Nations since first deploying in 1958. This record is unique to Ireland.

Currently, the largest Defence Forces deployment is to South Lebanon with UNIFIL where over 460 personnel are deployed.

From Left to Right in the photo:
CS John Kelleher - Cork
Lt Col Patrick Kelly -Clare
Col David Goulding - Kilkenny
Comdt Claire Spelman - Cork
CS Noel Doherty - Donegal
CS Matthew McNamara - Kildare.
From Left to Right in the photo: CS John Kelleher - Cork Lt Col Patrick Kelly -Clare Col David Goulding - Kilkenny Comdt Claire Spelman - Cork CS Noel Doherty - Donegal CS Matthew McNamara - Kildare.

We have over 130 personnel deployed as a Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, UNDOF, where in Oct 2018 they completed a relocation from the Golan Heights to Syria.

Defence Forces members also serve in smaller numbers in missions deployed to Mali, Kosovo, Bosnia, The Democratic Republic of Congo & Western Sahara.

Cpl Eanna Moriarity, Athlone, Private Aaron Watts, Athlone, Cpl Dave O Brien, Dublin, Lt Dempsey, Dublin, Pte Thomas O Neill, Dublin & Cpl Kevin Conlon
Cpl Eanna Moriarity, Athlone, Private Aaron Watts, Athlone, Cpl Dave O Brien, Dublin, Lt Dempsey, Dublin, Pte Thomas O Neill, Dublin & Cpl Kevin Conlon

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