Irish Troops

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Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

LÉ Niamh: No-one was injured in the onboard blaze, which broke out in a storage compartment aboard the vessel at about 12.15pm today at the Cork Dockyard at Ringacollig, Cobh, while moored for routine maintenance work. File photograph: Military.ie

Naval Service engineers hope to carry out an examination today or on Sunday to try to establish the cause of a blaze which damaged the LÉ Niamh while (...)

The PC-12 was acquired through a fast-track process to aid in the State’s response to the virus, including transporting Covid-19 tests to Germany when there was not enough HSE capacity. File photograph: Military.ie

The Air Corps’ newest plane, acquired to aid in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, was used over the weekend to repatriate Irish troops from we(...)

Captain  Charles O’Rourke (retired): “Up until 1960 we were a garrison army. Our whole environment was parades and inspections, and all the routine of barrack life. It was a pretty unexciting thing.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The ambush of an Irish Army patrol in Niemba in November 1960 shocked the nation, not least Marie O’Rourke whose husband Charles was serving as a lieu(...)

Irish members of UNDOF wait to cross into Syrian-controlled territory from the Golan Heights in 2014. File photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

At least seven Defence Forces peacekeeping veterans are suing the State for alleged injuries suffered when a convoy of Irish armoured vehicles was amb(...)

Live Fire Tactical Training exercise at the Glen of Imaal: The day starts with buddy manoeuvres. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Surveying the troops of 157th recruit platoon from a ridge on “Cemetery Hill”, in the Glen of Imaal, Comdt Padraig Duggan can spot a lot of mistakes. (...)

Irish Defence Force soldiers  in southern Lebanon. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

Hundreds of Irish soldiers banned by the United Nations from returning home from Lebanon during the coronavirus crisis are to be reunited with their f(...)

File photograph of  Defence Force personnel training before deployment on UN duty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every European Union country except Ireland has evacuated peacekeepers from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the security situation i(...)

The Defence Forces has requested permission to deploy the Government jet, which is operated by the Air Corps and is the only aircraft in the corps’ fleet capable of making the journey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is making plans to rent an aircraft to evacuate Irish army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid growing fears for (...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol as part of UN peacekeeping duties.

Some 350 Irish troops serving in Lebanon will have to spend an extra six weeks in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The troops were originall(...)

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