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1 Brigade

The 1st Brigade is an all arms Brigade consisting of combat, combat support and combat service support elements. Such elements include units of Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Engineers, Communications and Transport. These units are spread throughout the Brigades' designated area of territorial responsibility.

Area of Territorial Responsibility

The 1st Brigade is responsible for military operations in the south of the country. Its area of responsibility includes the counties of Carlow, Laois, Offaly, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick Clare, Tipperary and Galway. The Brigade Headquarters is located in Collins Barracks, Cork.

Within the Southern Brigades area of responsibility are situated various vital installations including;

  • Shannon Airport
  • Cork Airport
  • Cork Docks
  • Farranfore Airport

The Brigade has at times assisted the civil powers by providing security at these locations when requested.


When not involved in operations personnel are in constant training to maintain current skills, become proficient with new equipment and in particular to be able to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

Brigade training takes place all year round and covers;

  • Conventional Military Operations
  • Overseas Missions
  • Aid To Civil Power

There are several training areas within the Brigade area;

  • Kilworth Camp
  • Bere island
  • Fort Davis
  • Carnagh Camp

Meet the General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade