Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

Read more about the Flags for Schools Initiative and how Óglaigh na hÉireann is supporting Ireland 2016 >>

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  • Organisation

    Streamlined for Efficiency

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  • Weapons

    Suppress and Destroy the Enemy

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  • Training

    Hundreds of Soldiers in Training Daily

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  • Army Ranger Wing

    Motivation, Training and Operational Flexibility

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  • The Army

    Join the Army

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Army Weapons


Weapons training is a core activity of every unit of the Defence Forces. Each and every soldier trains on a wide variety of weapons from assault rifles to heavy support weapons.


Combat Support

The Cavalry Corps

The Cavalry Corps is one of the ‘teeth’ Corps of the Irish Defence Forces. The Cavalry Corps has a long, proud tradition of service to the State and the current incumbents of the Corps are reflective of the best values and qualities the Corps has maintained. Originally, the Cavalry Corps was called the Armoured Car Corps, with a fleet of light armoured vehicles.