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Come-quickly
25th June 2003, 16:48
Whats the consensus on the Gucci new billets in the glen?
I nearly had a heeart attack the other day when I realised that a private giving out about squalid conditions was talking about the new lines.
Have they spoiled the traditional gulag feel to such an extent that getting out on the ground is no longer considered a relief?
Personally I remember someone sweeping around the sides of one of the D lines billets a year or two ago, I couldn't help but feel uncomfortable about the way the base of the wall crumbled when the brush touched it.

Goldie fish
25th June 2003, 17:06
They are nice for sure..but some people are never happy..I heard people complain about the distance to the toilet block!! They assumed there should be plumbing in each hut!

Come-quickly
25th June 2003, 17:16
Now that you mention it, who remembers having to "hover" above the old toilets in the concrete washrooms?

Goldie fish
25th June 2003, 17:31
Ah Hovering..a skill that is sadly dying out in the modern Defence forces..

FCA Trooper
25th June 2003, 21:40
ahh yes. did 3* camp in de glen two years ago,just before they did the renovations. came back last september + couldnt believe it. place was like a 5-star hotel by comparison. hard to believe anyone could complain about it. radiators,clean bunks,clean floors,brand-new jacks + showers,what more d'ya want?

Truck Driver
25th June 2003, 22:41
Have a copy of a war film called "The MacKenzie Break". Brian Keith stars in it. No well known actors aside from that. Anyway, it's about German POW's (mostly swabbies) in a POW camp in Scotland (MacKenzie Camp obviously). Was thinking as the film started - "God, this camp looks remarkably like Coolmooney Camp in the Glen..."

And lo and behold, when the credits rolled - "Our sincerest thanks to:

The Irish Government and Dept Of Defence
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etc...

So it WAS the Glen !!! I' ve not been in Coolmooney in a while, so I can't comment.
But 20 Inf Bn have done camps there in the last 2 or so years, so any 20 Inf Bn folks will be able to comment further.

As for renovations - well if it was to be used further, then it HAD to be fixed up.
The adverse media publicity last year about the 20 odd DF personnel (probably RDF personnel) contracting scabies probably had a lot to do with it aswell. Health & Safety etc etc..........

Weren' the PDF boys kicking up brown stuff on the board on PDFORRA.IE over the
state of Kilworth Camp a while back too?

FMolloy
26th June 2003, 08:38
The camp had to be done up for that film, it wasn't up to WW2 PoW camp standards.

Goldie fish
26th June 2003, 09:02
Originally posted by FCA Trooper
ahh yes. did 3* camp in de glen two years ago,just before they did the renovations. came back last september + couldnt believe it. place was like a 5-star hotel by comparison. hard to believe anyone could complain about it. radiators,clean bunks,clean floors,brand-new jacks + showers,what more d'ya want?


Come on now..they are not bunks..these are proper beds..we even considered you could fit a second person in each one..but we had no willing participant in the experiment

Loque
27th June 2003, 14:17
The new billets are absolutely brilliant compared to the old ones. However it would'nt surprise me if they were the original billets with a serious facelift, if you look at the ceilings it seems as if the old beams were recycled and stained black. Anyway the billets how have heating and double glazing and now the sheep can no longer move in under the floorboards, best of all the doors close properly with no breezes getting in.

Trooper
27th June 2003, 16:43
they are the original billets, they were just spruced up alot. I miss the old ones though, you could speed a whole week reading the grafity in them.:D

FCA Trooper
27th June 2003, 18:56
yeah they are the same billets,was just goin home from camp when they were startin to put steel cladding on the outside walls of the first ones they renovated.

goc132
27th June 2003, 19:26
The whole camp is the same except the Billets were dry lined,cladded and insulated on the outside and central heating installed.I have attended camp there since 1979 and it is a huge improvement and the dinning complex is like a four star hotel compared to the way it was when you could smell the cook house from the front gate.

As for McKenzie' Break it was set in the Glen but the road came up from the river into the camp instead of from Colmooney House.It is sad how ever that the old house is gone it was a fine house and all it needed was some money spent on it.But the powers that be let it rot ,what a shame.
Be there next Saturday for this years stint.

Bailer
27th June 2003, 21:46
<font face="tahoma" color="#ff9900">Just got back from the Glen this afternoon, its hard to believe that its taken them nearly four years to do (and its far from finished!!) the first day there was only 6 sinks availible for males to wash in rectified by a few portacabins opened up with no electricty or Proper wash facilities (the hot tap cut out when the cold was put on so it took bout 10 mins to fill the sink!) The billets are grand but the wash facilities need to be finished before they can start using them all!! besides the place is a building site and its a mess i must have shined my boots 6 times a dayt to get the dust off!! Cowboy buikders aswell)

(sorry bout spelling using laptop adn the keys are alle over the place)

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Bravo20
30th June 2003, 11:40
Have they improved the problems with storage space?

"The billets are grand but the wash facilities need to be finished before they can start using them all!! besides the place is a building site and its a mess i must have shined my boots 6 times a dayt to get the dust off!! Cowboy buikders aswell)"

Count yourself lucky you could have been in Camp Krustie for the last two weeks
:D

LordFlash
30th June 2003, 13:57
The defence forces are getting soft,..
What next.... Toliet Paper?!?!?..... no more "roof-rabbit" for dinner?!?!

where will it end...;)

T.I.M.
30th June 2003, 16:07
Well the glen is a lot better than it was.... much better than killbride.

Eldavido
2nd July 2003, 14:08
Parade should be scrapped in the Glen.

For god's sake it's a waste of training time and there isn't even a square.

Just expelling som built up fumes.

SILLY PARADES SCRAP THEM ALL!!!

Thorpe
4th July 2003, 22:16
You should have seen the state of the place we were in for our pots course in tralee (just home from it) it was pure shite, food shite, showers none existant cold water as fuse kept blowing and I would like to thanks the man from 3cav who did, hpt you know him well. But was a good course and we nearly all got to the end:flagwave: :flagwave:

T.I.M.
5th July 2003, 10:44
Originally posted by Loque
The new billets are absolutely brilliant compared to the old ones. However it would'nt surprise me if they were the original billets with a serious facelift, if you look at the ceilings it seems as if the old beams were recycled and stained black.

They are! i heard some shite about its something to do with the woodwork is "protected", something about they have been around since the dawn of time! :D

trellheim
7th July 2003, 12:01
Due to popular demand 'An tSolathair' is returning.

Those 'old sweats' will fondly remember.

Goldie fish
7th July 2003, 12:07
At last! I havent shined my ass in years!

Bailer
7th July 2003, 13:37
Originally posted by trellheim
Due to popular demand 'An tSolathair' is returning.

Those 'old sweats' will fondly remember.
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What ?? It never went away!! Not anywhere i've been anyway
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goc132
13th July 2003, 23:39
I have just returned from the Glen,ok the billets are not completely finished but the Glen will be a fine place when the whole job is complete.
That will take the rest of this year I guess.But after almost going there for 25 years it has to be getting better.
The shower blocks are better ,the cook house is clean and with the cooks from Athlone there last week the grub was excellent,which was also due to Q McK from Mullingar who looked after rations.Well done to all.
I reckon they should finish the Messes and charge an extra €0.20 per pint it would pay for the improvements maybe a bit faster.