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We all need to adopt the core values of our Defence Forces

Sarah Carey


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We’ll answer Ireland’s call: Irish Defence Forces cadet John Higgins, from the Curragh, working in the Contact Tracing Call Centre, which is operating at the O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD. Photo: Frank McGrath

We’ll answer Ireland’s call: Irish Defence Forces cadet John Higgins, from the Curragh, working in the Contact Tracing Call Centre, which is operating at the O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD. Photo: Frank McGrath

We’ll answer Ireland’s call: Irish Defence Forces cadet John Higgins, from the Curragh, working in the Contact Tracing Call Centre, which is operating at the O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD. Photo: Frank McGrath

I hate war. It's a terrible evil. It disturbs me to see my sons play with the toy guns people give them as gifts. I sneak them into the bin and throw out the foam bullets. I was so relieved when they stopped playing those horrible 'first-person shooter' games on PlayStation, like 'Call of Duty'. For whatever reason they shifted to 'Minecraft' and 'Fifa', thank God.

Honestly, if there were more Quaker meeting houses, you'd find me there on a regular basis. Pacifism is a holy state.

Yet, when my teenage son declared an interest in joining the Army, I was delighted. I instantly entertained the fantasy of seeing him in uniform and me, the immensely proud mother.