• Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 437 Personnel are serving overseas

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  • Current Missions

    Lebanon 2011, Same but Different

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  • Overseas History

    A proud tradition of participation in peace support operations

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  • Co-Operation in Europe

    Since 2009 The Defence Forces participates in the EU Battle Group

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  • Ireland and the United Nations

    Over 50 years of service

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  • Overseas Training

    Mission Readiness

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  • Overseas

    News and Events

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27 March 2015 - Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, attends Historic United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference

4.30 p.m - Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, attends Historic United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference[Read more]

Thu 12th March 2015 - The Defence Forces Mission Readiness Exercise

1130am - The Defence Forces Mission Readiness Exercise, 48th Infantry Group, UNDOF (Golan Heights)[Read more]

Defence Forces - Overseas

Irelands Involvement with the UN

Ireland became a member of the United Nations in 1955. Since 1958, the Defence Forces have a continuous presence on peace support operations, mainly in the Middle East. However, in recent years, following the end of the cold war, Defence Forces personnel have also found themselves in many other parts of the globe as peace-keepers. 

Overseas Videos

  • President McAleese visit to Lebanon 1997

  • 47th Infantry Group UNIFIL-Oct 2014

  • 44th Infantry Group return home from Syria

  • Arrival Home of the 42nd Inf Bn UNIFIL- Dublin Airport