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Royal Irish soldier helping keep the peace in Cyprus

Ranger Lee Edwards, 24, talks about his UN duties why he joined military and the impact its had on him and his family. Read more 02 March 2016.

General William O Callaghan

The death of an Irish general during the Christmas period recalls an earlier bloody episode in the Middle East

General O Callaghan had arranged an unprecedented ceasefire between Palestine Liberation Organisation chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and knew that peace was a much harder struggle than war.Read more 4 January 2016

Death of former Irish UNIFIL commander, Lt Gen William Callaghan

‘Steadfast commitment’ to peace praised by President Michael D Higgins. Read more

Irish Times 27 December 2015


Trial of man who murdered Irish UN peacekeepers in 1980 continues in Lebanon

At the opening session in June, Mahmoud Bazzi was charged with the murder of Privates Thomas Barrett and Derek Smallhorn,e and the attempted murder of Private John O’Mahony on 18 April 1980 while they were serving with UNIFIL. Read more 4 December 2015

Cork Minister Simon Coveney

Cork Minister Simon Coveney speaks at Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana

The Centre which was established in 2003, is a Centre of Excellence for training, education and research in African peace and security and named after the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan a native of Ghana and one of Africa’s foremost Diplomats. The Centre was established to address not only Ghana’s needs for training men and women to meet the changing demands of complex and multidimensional peacekeeping activities, but also to help meet the peacekeeping training requirements of the West African sub region and the wider African continent. Read more 3 December 2015

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Frances Fitzgerald ‘not surprised’ Ireland features in IS video

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday it was no surprise IS had identified Ireland as part of a so-called ‘coalition of devils’ saying IS was targeting the “whole of western Europe”.Ireland had around 150 soldiers in the Golan region, bordering Syria and Israel, as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission to Syria. Read more
Irish Examiner 28 November 2015

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Two UN peacekeepers among three killed in attack on Mali base

Irish Defence Force personnel ‘safe and accounted for’ in west African state. Read more
Irish Times reported 9.50 a.m 27 November 2015

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Ireland could send peacekeeping mission to Mali to replace French, says Coveney

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has not ruled out the Government sending a peacekeeping mission to Mali to replace French soldiers. “That is what Ireland does: we do peacekeeping, and we do it well.”. Read more
Irish Times 25 November 2015

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Film ‘Siege of Jadotville’ to reveal heroism of Irish troops

Jamie Dornan to star in film, to be shot next year in South Africa.
The men of A Company, 35th Battalion of the Defence Forces always felt somewhat slighted at the absence of proper recognition for what they achieved as UN soldiers in the Congo in September 1961. Read more
Irish Times, August 9 2014

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Memorial honours Irish soldiers who died on UN duty

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of a ‘wall of remembrance’ built just outside Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Fermoy, Co Cork. It bears the names of all 90 people – 85 soldiers, four field service officers and one garda – who have died on UN missions over the last 50 years. Read more
Irish Examiner 2 October 2012

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1982: A year of tragedy for Irish soldiers in the Lebanon

FILES RELEASED UNDER the 30-year-rule have given an insight into the tragedies which befell Irish solders serving in the Lebanon in 1982. Read more 25 April 2012


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Irish UN soldier killed in Lebanon

A County Mayo soldier has become the Irish army’s 18th Irish soldier killed in action during 21 years of service with the UNIFIL peace-keeping force in South Lebanon after a mortar shell landed on an outpost near the village of Barashit at the weekend. Read more

The Irish Echo 11-17 November 2011


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