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    Irish Independent 1/03/03


    Call to arms comes a little too soon for this young gun




    Irish soldiers training yesterday but one new recruit who won't be joining them just yet is Andrew Geoghegan



    IRELAND's youngest boy soldier got his 'call-up papers' this week to the army reserves - at the age of six.


    Little Andrew Geoghegan from Ballyfermot, Dublin got a letter from Cathal Brugha barracks asking him to attend an information meeting on joining the reserves if he was interested.


    The only problem is that you have to be over 17 to enlist, and Andrew is more interested in his action men than real-life soldiering.


    The letter, from the B Company, 20th Infantry Battalion at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, Dublin, said that it was recruiting new members for its reserves. It was going back over its records and came across an application from the boy, the letter said.


    It went on to say that if Andrew was still interested or wanted more information, he could contact them or go to an information meeting on Tuesday.


    "He was also told that he could bring along other friends that may be interested in joining as well as him," laughed Andrew's grandfather, John O'Shea.


    A Defence Forces spokesperson said letters were only sent out to people who had expressed an interest in joining the army reserves.


    "Someone would have had to give his name and address. We don't just send out random letters to people," said the spokesperson.


    Andrew's mother Paula Geoghegan said that her husband, Declan, had been in the army years ago. "But that was before we had any of our eight children and we do not know who could have used Andrew's name and address," she said.


    The Defence Forces spokesperson added that the bona fides of those who request information were accepted and it would only be at the next stage that further checks would be done. "His age would soon become apparent," he said.



    Martha Kearns
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    With 50,000 men getting killed a week, who's going to miss a pigeon?

    Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.

  • #2
    Notice how FCA didnt appear once in the article
    You're even dumber than I tell people

    You might have been infected but you never were a bore

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    • #3
      hmm...shocker
      Glaine áir gcroí
      Neart ár ngeag agus
      beart de réir ár mbriathar

      -"If people behaved in the way nations do, They would all be put in straight jackets" - Tennessee Williams

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      • #4
        wouldn't be surprised :p
        Glaine áir gcroí
        Neart ár ngeag agus
        beart de réir ár mbriathar

        -"If people behaved in the way nations do, They would all be put in straight jackets" - Tennessee Williams

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        • #5
          :D ...hmmmmm sounds like a cluster f**k on behalf of some ninny in the 20th,
          prob do a better job than some of their older recruts...:p
          Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil...prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...

          http://www.iamawesome.com/

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          • #6
            First we had some Palestinians with a baby dressed as a suicide bomber now we have the RDF recruiting 6 years olds...

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            • #7
              Didn't you know there was an 11 year waiting list for 20Bn:D

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