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    And we got neither additional ships nor aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmití View Post
    And we got neither additional ships nor aircraft.
    They did get an additional vessel 5 years later (Roisin)

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    A few archive news clips of Irish Peacekeepers overseas.

    "Irish Republic United Nations troops, serving in Sanai, are to return home"



    "An Irish contingent is among the United Nations forces who now face the threat of real action against the well-armed Labanese rightist militiamen"



    "Irishmen all round the world celebrated St Patrick's day and one of the most unusual settings was a village in Lebanon. Troops of the Irish army are serving there with the United Nations peace-keeping force (UNIFIL) and they laid on a display that delighted everyone. The film features Major General Emmanuel Erskine of Ghana, the commander of the United Nations interim force in Lebanon."



    "The situation is still tense in South Lebanon where the UN Peace Keeping forces (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon - UNIFIL) are positioned between the Palestinian guerrillas and the Christian militias. The UNIFIL 6,000 men are still facing several operational difficulties in the troubled Southern part of the country."



    "Report on the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) Irish troops in Southern Lebanon."



    "Irish battalion serving as part of UN peacekeeping force in South Lebanon."



    "Lebanese man speaks to press (later with English translation) on the killing of two Irish soldiers. He says that he killed them with their own guns and that if he sees any more Irishmen in the village, he will kill them also."



    "The bodies of two Irish UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces In Lebanon) soldiers allegedly murdered bt rightist Christian Militia while serving in South Lebanon were bring flown home to Ireland today. At a brief airport ceremony tribute was paid to them by UNIFIL Commander, General Emanuel Erskine, and the Irish Ambassador to Lebanon."



    "An Irish peacekeeper and a Lebanese civilian were wounded on Tuesday when mortar shells fired from an Israeli position in southern Lebanon landed on a village.

    Israeli war planes also launched an air attack on guerrilla positions in the hills and valleys of Iqlim al-Tuffah, a guerrilla stronghold that faces the Israeli-occupied border enclave.

    Israeli planes fired four air-to-ground missiles in the attack on the hills of Iqlim al-Tuffah.

    Iqlim al-Tuffah is a frequent target for Israeli warplanes, is said to be used extensively by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group.

    Israel says it serves as an effective base from which to stage attacks against Israeli troops and their allied militiamen in the occupied zone.

    Plumes of black smoke billowed from the area, but there was no immediate word on casualties from the air raid, the second in south Lebanon in a week.

    In Jerusalem, the Israeli army confirmed the afternoon air raid, saying all planes returned safely to base.

    In a separate incident an Irish UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force ) soldier was wounded when shells from an Israeli mortar attack landed in the village of Haddatha, on the edge of the Israeli-occupied zone.

    The soldier, Sgt. Patrick Leahy, was slightly wounded by shrapnel when the shell landed near his vehicle, which was badly damaged.

    A 60-year-old Lebanese civilian who was passing near the Irish position was also hit and taken to a hospital in Sidon, the main town in southern Lebanon

    It is believed that UNIFIL has started an investigation into the incident."



    "Two Irish soldiers are in a comfortable condition in hospital after being injured in a mortar attack while on United Nations peacekeeping duty in Lebanon.

    The men are thought to have been hit when shells hit their U-N post, which is close to Israeli-occupied territory, during a clash between Lebanese forces and Israeli troops.

    The incident happened at Haddatha, in southern part of the country, close to a spot inspected by Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on his tour of the Middle East last month.

    The wounded men, Corporal Noel Roche and Private John Flaherty, both from County Clare, were thought to have been hit by shrapnel when shells hit their U-N post.

    The base is close to Israeli-occupied territory.

    A spokesman said the direct source of the mortar shells could not be immediately
    established.

    But he added that six shells exploded outside the U-N post during an early morning clash between Lebanese guerrillas and Israeli troops and their allied Lebanese militiamen.

    In Beirut, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement said its guerrillas had attacked Israeli positions at Haddatha, Baraasheet, Dabsheh and Sweidah, scoring direct and certain hits.

    The group gave no further details.

    The latest incident came a day after Israeli and the South Lebanon Army gunners bombarded suspected guerrilla hideouts and infiltration trails in hills and valleys near Shi'ite Muslim villages facing the occupied zone.

    Five members of a Lebanese family, among them two sisters aged one and seven, were injured when an artillery shell hit their house in the village of Mejdel Selim, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of the southern port of Tyre.

    The bombardment came after a militiaman from the South Lebanon Army was killed and another wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the occupied zone.

    The Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The Israeli military spokesman confirmed a number of Hezbollah attacks on Israeli and militia positions in the occupied zone and that Israeli and S-L-A gunners fired back.

    He said the guerrilla attacks caused no damage or casualties.

    The army spokesman declined to comment on the wounding of civilians."



    "Three hundred and sixty Irish and Finnish peacekeepers working within the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon will be heading back home after ending their mission there, officials said.
    A farewell ceremony for the soldiers was held on Saturday in the main UNIFIL camp in Blat near Marjoyoun and was attended by UNIFIL Commander General Claudio Graziano and Lebanese Army officers.
    Finland contributed 210 soldiers and Ireland 160. Together the two forces formed a Logistic Battalion which assisted in building positions and camps for UNIFIL troops at the eastern sector in Northern Lebanon.
    Around 13,500 troops from twenty seven countries form the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon.
    The reinforced UNIFIL deployed after last year's summer war between Hezbollah and Israel, a 34-day conflict that killed up to 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, and some 160 Israelis, 40 of them civilians.
    Under U.N. resolution 1701, the force assists about 15,000 Lebanese troops maintain a weapons-free zone along the border."



    "Irish Defence Minister Willie O'Dea said Kosovo was "far more unstable" than he had originally thought, after a visit to the newly independent country on Wednesday.

    "The situation remains quite unstable. In fact more unstable then I've anticipated," O'Dea told AP Television after visiting Irish peacekeeping troops based in Lipjane, Kosovo.

    Around 285 Irish troops are serving in the region, as part of a broader NATO led international force responsible for securing peace and stability.

    Kosovo declared full independence from Serbia on 17 February this year but tensions there are running high between the ethnic Albanian majority and minority Serbs.

    Both Serbia and Russia fiercely oppose its independence.

    O'Dea said a NATO's (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) KFOR presence would likely be required in the region for some time.

    "There are a lot of deep seated problems here, some of them which have preceded the declaration of independence, some of them which had rise since the declaration of independence, so I do anticipate that KFOR presence will be needed here for many, many years to come," O'Dea said.

    Ireland would continue to play a "central role" he said."


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    "Smoke screen operation is feature of training for Free State Troops at Kilbridge Camp."



    "Frank Aiken new Minister of Defence takes salute at St. Patrick's Day Parade of regulars."



    "At Queenstown, Irish troops embark on a tender for Spike Island, while in the harbour the British destroyer "Acastra" stands by to take off the English garrison. Mr de Valera is present to see the proceedings, while the guard of honour fires a Feu de Joie."





    "Various shots of Irish maneouvres. in which armoured cars, scout cars, and motor cycles take part."







    "Celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of arrival of Owen Roe O'Neill in Ireland - he was appointed leader of the Irish army in Ulster in 1649. Most of celebrations took place in Cavan."




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    "Our pictures show men of the 34th Battalion, about to leave Dublin for duty in the Congo as part of the United Nations force. Two battalions, the 32nd and 33rd, have been serving there for nearly six months. They will now be replaced by the 34th."



    "United Nations troops, Irish troops of the First Infantry Group Eastern Command, are back in Dublin after six months spent in foxholes and under canvas in the Congo. They fought beside Swedish troops in the now famous "Battle of Kamina", in which (without suffering loss) they beat off 2,000 tribesmen."



    "Fifty years after the Irish Rebellion, celebrations outside the General Post Office, where the first shots were fired. Among the many hundreds of veterans, President de Valera, the sole surviving Commandant of the Rebellion."





    "Movietone record the 'Lying-in-State' and funeral of ex-President Eamon de Valera. De Valera is a name that will be forever linked with the emergence of the Irish Republic. ® The people of Ireland paid their last respects as the body of their ex-leader lay in St. Patrick's Hall. A Requiem Mass was celebrated in Dublin's Pro-Cathedral and then the coffin was bourne on a gun carriage to its final resting place, GLASNEVIN CEMETERY."


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    No wonder the Blue Hussars were replaced by a Motorcycle EoH !

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    No wonder the Blue Hussars were replaced by a Motorcycle EoH !
    And the numpty commentating mentioned they were Cavalry, which they not as we all know, horse mounted artillery!
    Time for another break I think......

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    what about the numpty that was driving the car, where was he going in such a hurry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack08 View Post
    what about the numpty that was driving the car, where was he going in such a hurry...
    Well we know it wasn't Dev as he had surrendered his driving licence back in 1936 because of his failing eyesight. One of his great passions was driving......
    Time for another break I think......

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    "Irish U.N. peacekeepers in South Lebanon came under Israeli and South Lebanese Army artillery attack on Friday (4/11) during cross-border hostilities."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post


    "Irish U.N. peacekeepers in South Lebanon came under Israeli and South Lebanese Army artillery attack on Friday (4/11) during cross-border hostilities."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xOabaL0niA
    At 3.50 in this video is that a "robbed" APC ?
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    More likely that France supplied the New Lebanon, it being a former colony. Doesn't appear to have the HS turret.

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    Thousands Pay Tribute to Éamon de Valera 1975



    State Funeral of Éamon de Valera at Glasnevin Cemetery 1975


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    "A new Dauphin Helicopter for the Irish Air Corps undergoes sea trials on the LE Eithne."
    An RTE News report broadcasted on 3 October 1985.


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    "‘Today Tonight’ investigates the slum conditions in which army families are living at Griffith Square, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin."


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    "The work of the 48th Irish Battalion in Lebanon.

    RTÉ News reports from Lebanon in the days after St Patrick’s Day 1981 where Tom McCaughren meets members of the 48th Irish Battalion."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    "‘Today Tonight’ investigates the slum conditions in which army families are living at Griffith Square, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin."

    What year was this? Must be 1970's?

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    1981 I think
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
    What year was this? Must be 1970's?
    1986, remember it well

    Anytime somebody slags off PDFORRA show them this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul g View Post
    1986, remember it well

    Anytime somebody slags off PDFORRA show them this.
    The DoD just got rid of Family Accommodation - End of Problem (for DoD).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
    What year was this? Must be 1970's?
    Broadcasted on 11 March 1981.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    Broadcasted on 11 March 1981.
    there were other programmes at a later date, so i got confused (old age)

    It got so bad that serving ranks wifes ran in the election in 1989, National Association of Army Spouses, and fared credibly in a couple of consticuencies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    "‘Today Tonight’ investigates the slum conditions in which army families are living at Griffith Square, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin."

    Genuinely had no idea conditions were so bad - they look almost slum like
    Then again, I was only 10 at the time...
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    It isn't bullshit that when the prison service took over Spike they declared the facilities unfit for human habitation. Yet the army had families living on that island in those conditions. My mother used to say when she thought the facilities for families in Haulbowline were bad she just looked at the conditions on Spike and was thankful.

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