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Historic Army car on display at memorial

The newly refurbished 'Sliabh na mBan' armoured car was put on display by the Defence Forces at the weekend during cavalry remembrance day ceremonies at the Curragh.

The armoured car has a special place in history because it was part of General Michael Collins's convoy when it was ambushed in August 1922 at Beal na mBlath in west Cork. Gen Collins, who was then commander-in-chief of the national Army, was shot dead by anti-Treaty forces.

The vehicle has now been restored to its original condition and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who laid a wreath at the memorial garden, described 'Sliabh na mBan' as being a fundamental part of Irish history.

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Sean McCann, said the pride and craftmanship were indicative of the importance of the Sliabh na mBan to the heritage of the Defence Forces.

Sliabh na mBan has seen service through three wars with three different armies and will be 100 years old in 2020.

Irish Independent