• 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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  • Training for Overseas Service

    Mission Readiness

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  • Overseas

    News and Events

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1916 - 2016

A Remembrance

State Commemoration Ceremony

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Tuesday 19th April 2016 - Pre-Deployment Mission Readiness Exercise

2pm on - Pre-Deployment Mission Readiness Exercise, 53rd Infantry Group UNIFIL (Lebanon)[more]

13 April 2016 - Join Our Team - Defence Forces Recruitment

5.55pm, 13 April 2016 - Join Our Team - Defence Forces Recruitment Campaign 2016[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. 

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