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Christmas Message 2015 to the Irish United Nations Veterans Association

from Mr. Simon Coveney (T.D.), Minister for Defence


I am delighted to send Christmas wishes for 2015 to all members of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA), both on my behalf and on behalf of my colleagues in Government.


I want to take this opportunity to recognise the important work that IUNVA does on behalf of Defence Forces veterans of all ranks that have served overseas under the auspices of the United Nations. Your record of service in this regard is something of which you can all be justifiably proud.

This year we celebrate 60 years of active engagement with the United Nations, and I was delighted to be able to meet some of you at the recent UN60 event in Collin's Barracks.


Next year will see the centenary Commemorations of the Easter Rising, and look forward to seeing IUNVA and the other officially recognised Defence Forces veterans' organisations taking part in the official parades and ceremonies that will be occurring to mark this important anniversary. I believe that Defence Forces veterans have a key role to play in the Centenary Commemorations, as you represent the ethos of service and commitment that has characterised the Defence Forces since the foundation of the State.


While Christmas is naturally a time for celebration, we also remember those colleagues and

who passed away during 2015. Ar dheis De go raibn a n-anamacha.


It is my sincerest wish that each and every one of you has a peaceful, happy Christmas and a prosperous New year.


Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh


Simon Coveney, T.D.

Minister for Defence

 

 

 

 

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Lotto Win 27th October 2015

 

Lotto Wining 2015

 

German Remembrance Day 2014

 

Every year in November, Germany observes a Day of Remembrance in honour of all victims of the
two World Wars. You are kindly invited to take part in the commemoration ceremony to be held in
Glencree, Co. Wicklow on Sunday, 16 November 2014.

 

To see the event programme please click here

 

 

Alliance of Retired Public Servants



IUNVA is a member of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (the Alliance), which was set up in 2013. The Alliance initially sought representation at the Croke Park II discussions. When this was refused a meeting was sought with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D., before final decisions were taken by government which could affect the incomes of public service pensioners. This request was repeated when it emerged from the Labour Relations Commission that there were pension cuts associated with Croke Park II.

Membership of the Alliance includes representatives from:

The combined membership of these bodies is 75,000. It is estimated there are over one hundred thousand retired public servants. Being part of the Alliance gives ARCO a greater voice in protecting the pensions of its members.

The first Biennial General Meeting (BGM) of the Alliance took place at Westmanstown Sports Centre, Lucan, on 30th January, 2014 where delegates passed the following motions:

In March 2014 the Alliance wrote to Mr. Howlin seeking a further meeting and stating an exit programme should now be developed which would provide a framework for ending the use of emergency powers to reduce public service pensions. A meeting was held between the Alliance and Officials from the DPER in April. At this meeting the Alliance representatives emphasised that pension issues needed to be dealt with speedily. They also stated that the Alliance wanted representation at future talks. A meeting with the Minister will take place as soon as a structure and a process of engagement has been formulated and agreed between the parties. The Alliance expects this meeting to take place before the end of July.

 

 

Defence Forces National Memorial 16/8/14

 

 

Presentation to Family of Late Military Police Sergeant

 

 

Commemoration Mass Pro Cathedral 3rd of August 2014

 

Commemoration Mass Pro Cathedral 3rd of August 2014. Mass in memory of the Irish Men who had fallen in the First World War. So I, the National Development Office Charlie Mott and a member of Post 27 Jimmy Shiels attended. Arch Bishop Diarmuid Martin said Mass. Also in attendance was the Deputy Chief of Staff, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, representatives from the different embassies. He thanked us all at the end of the mass for attending. We also had some photographs taken and we were invited back in for tea. This was the first time since 1972 that the Commemoration Mass was held in the Pro Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation to Laois County Council Manager Peter Carey

 

  Jimmy Shiels, Gerry Lodge, Mick Thompson, Paddy Harding, Peter Carey, Tony Flanagan who made a presentation to Laois County Council Manager who retired from the council in Laois. Tony Flanagan made a speech thanking Peter Carey for all his help and support with the Post and Paddy Harding then presented him with a piece of glassware on behalf of Post 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Linda Kiernan

Leinster Express


Laois' retired soldiers were again doing service for their country last week, when they enlisted to help Portlaoise tidy towns..


Members of IUNVA post 27 engaged once more, but this time the battle was the cleaning up of the river Triogue in Portlaoise.

The river was cleaned up by Fred O'Reilly, Paddy Harding, Walter Tobin and Richard O' Neill.

 

See our photos from the event ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Day of Commemoration Kilmainham

 

National Day of Commemoration Kilmainham . A number of invitations are issued to IUNVA by the Taoiseach’s Office. The National Day of Commemoration commemorates all Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. It occurs on the Sunday nearest July 11, the anniversary of the date in 1921 on which the truce ending the Irish War of Independence was signed. The principal ceremony is normally held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, and the 2014 event will take place on Sunday 13 July.

 

SILVER JUBILEE BALL

SATURDAY 28th JUNE 2014 AT LUCAN SPA HOTEL

 

NATIONAL CONVENTION & SILVER JUBILEE BALL at The Lucan Spa Hotel Lucan Co Dublin on Saturday 28th June 2014 of IUNVA. Convention starts at 1150 hrs. Jubilee Ball at 2000 hrs. Tickets @ €20 ea. Dress Uniform and Medals. Rooms special rate - Single €55 and Double €75. Reservations 01 6280494. Post 1 who is hosting the convention would support from members to attend the 25th Silver Jubilee Ball. Tickets are limited so book as early.

 

A word from our President

 

Who would have thought it? Twenty-five

years! A quarter of a century!

 

We have survived and prospered, and this is

a real celebration.

 

We have grown into a nationwide association

with over one thousand members, and have been

universally acknowledged and applauded.

 

Lets enjoy our celebrations and let us look

forward to greater accomplishments.

 

Well done to all those who have contributed

to our success.

 

Bon appetite!

 

V.F. Savino Maj. Gen. (Retd)

President IUNVA

 

Lt Gen Seán McCann DSM (Retd) on Tuesday 3rd June Launched the Book...

 

On Tuesday 03 Jun 14, Lt Gen Seán McCann DSM (Retd) launched the book Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo A military and diplomatic history, 1960–61 at a special function in the Officers Mess McKee Bks.  The book is written by Dr Michael Kennedy & Comdt Art Magennis DSM (Retd).

In 1961 Irish United Nations peacekeepers went into combat in the Congolese province of Katanga. It was the DFs’ first experience of active service since 1923. Irish diplomat Conor Cruise O’Brien headed the UN mission in Katanga Province. The Chief of Staff of the DF, Lt Gen Seán McKeown was Force Commander Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC).  

Irish units suffered casualties and men taken prisoner as the fighting in Katanga continued. The crisis now facing Taoiseach Seán Lemass became the most delicate and dangerous chapter in Ireland’s foreign relations since 1945.  Based on a first-hand account of the fighting by an Irish Cavalry Corps officer, previously unseen UN archives and the papers of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, this book covers eighteen critical months from July 1960 to December 1961, which almost tore the UN apart and which brought the realities of UN membership to Ireland. A military and diplomatic history, this book is an Irish perspective on a defining moment in the history of the United Nations, the Cold War and modern Africa.


Michael Kennedy is the executive editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. He has published widely on  modern Irish diplomatic and military history. Comdt Art Magennis served with the Defence Forces from 1940 to 1979. He completed two tours of duty in Congo and was second-in-command of the 35th Battalion’s Armoured Car Group in Elisabethville, Katanga, in 1961.

 

18th May 2014 Military Show 2014 MILITARY SHOW

Curragh Racecourse, Kildare (10am to 6pm) - Public Visitors.

To see full information please click on this link to access the poster

 

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Limerick International Veterans Day Parade 2014

Please follow this link to see the movie

 

Sunday 20th July 2014 Race Day – Military Theme

The Curragh will give their race day on Sunday 20th July a strong military theme to promote the close association between the Defence Forces and the racecourse


Defence Forces race day will feature seven races including the Defence Forces Cup with the Chief of Staff presenting the Cup to the winning owner.

 

To see full article please follow the link...

 

                          

 

 

 

Photos of the presentation of medals by trouper Thomas Fennell family back to IUNVA H.Q.

 

                                                    

 

Lt Gen Seán McCann DSM (Retd) on Tuesday 3rd June Launched the Book...

 

 

On Tuesday 03 Jun 14, Lt Gen Seán McCann DSM (Retd) launched the book Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo A military and diplomatic history, 1960–61 at a special function in the Officers Mess McKee Bks.  The book is written by Dr Michael Kennedy & Comdt Art Magennis DSM (Retd).

In 1961 Irish United Nations peacekeepers went into combat in the Congolese province of Katanga. It was the DFs’ first experience of active service since 1923. Irish diplomat Conor Cruise O’Brien headed the UN mission in Katanga Province. The Chief of Staff of the DF, Lt Gen Seán McKeown was Force Commander Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC).  

Irish units suffered casualties and men taken prisoner as the fighting in Katanga continued. The crisis now facing Taoiseach Seán Lemass became the most delicate and dangerous chapter in Ireland’s foreign relations since 1945.  Based on a first-hand account of the fighting by an Irish Cavalry Corps officer, previously unseen UN archives and the papers of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, this book covers eighteen critical months from July 1960 to December 1961, which almost tore the UN apart and which brought the realities of UN membership to Ireland. A military and diplomatic history, this book is an Irish perspective on a defining moment in the history of the United Nations, the Cold War and modern Africa.


Michael Kennedy is the executive editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. He has published widely on  modern Irish diplomatic and military history. Comdt Art Magennis served with the Defence Forces from 1940 to 1979. He completed two tours of duty in Congo and was second-in-command of the 35th Battalion’s Armoured Car Group in Elisabethville, Katanga, in 1961.

 

18th May 2014 Military Show 2014 MILITARY SHOW

Curragh Racecourse, Kildare (10am to 6pm) - Public Visitors.

To see full information please click on this link to access the poster

 

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Limerick International Veterans Day Parade 2014

Please follow this link to see the movie

 

 

25th May 2014 - IUNVA Wreath Laying Ceremony

 

On the 25th May 2014, the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) held their annual wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of all Defence Forces personnel, members of An Garda Síochána and civilian personnel who died on UN peacekeeping missions throughout the world.

 

Please see full article written by Sgt. Wayne Fitzgerald...

 

 

 

Silent Vigil

 

To mark the anniversary of the deaths of Pte Derek Smallhorne and Pte Thomas Barrett a second Silent Vigil Ceremony will be held by the Justice for Smallhorne and Barrett group on the 5th of July at The US Embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 2. We will be joined by United States American Legion Veterans and French Foreign Legion Veterans.

 

The Curragh Racecourse

 

The Curragh will give their race day on Sunday 20th July a strong military theme to promote the close Association between the Defence Forces and the racecourse.

 

To see full article please follow link...                      See poster...

 

 

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