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90th Anniversary of the Creation of the Reserve Defence Forces

16th April 2019 - National Museum, Collins Barracks.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence , Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. and Defence Forces Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will attend a military parade to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the foundation of the Reserve Defence Forces and the launch of a Handbook outlining the benefits of joining the Reserve for Employers on Tuesday 16th April 2019 in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin.

In 1929 the 1st (City of Dublin) Volunteer Reserve Battalion began recruiting in Dublin in Cathal Brugha Barracks and Collins Barracks.  Later a Volunteer Reserve Field Artillery Battery was created in Cork, while an Officer Training Corp was created in 6 universities.

Since then over 200,000 reservists have volunteered to serve in the Reserve Defence Forces. These reservists played an essential role in assisting the Permanent Defence Forces in defending the State during the Emergency and during the Troubles in 1969. Today’s Reservists provide a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills which they bring to the Defence Forces. While serving in the Reserve, they develop leadership, team-working and strategic planning skills that have transferability to their full-time employment.

The Employer Engagement Handbook will be launched by the Minister during the parade. The 2019 RDF Recruitment campaign is currently underway.

Date/Time: 3:20pm, Tuesday 16th April 2019.