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Mark joins ranks of Defence Forces' finest

Mark Roche (10) made sure it was a family affair as he posed in front of his father, Comdt Colin Roche, as 21 officers of the Irish Defence Forces received masters degrees from NUI Maynooth yesterday.

The men and women, who came from the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, were awarded their qualification in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies.

The course is a necessary step in order for officers to be promoted to the rank of commandant in the Army and Air Corps or lieutenant commander in the navy.

Meanwhile, Maynooth's first class of law graduates also celebrated receiving their degrees. Among the 28 to graduate were (pictured) Ciara Corr from Dundalk and Aoife Kelly from Carlow, both of whom received a BA in Business and Law.

Photos: Colin Keegan & Frank McGrath

Irish Independent