IUNVA Post 27 Past News

 

 

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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Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Islandbridge, National War Memorial Gardens.

 

Wednesday the 18th May 2011, was a proud day for three members of the United Nations Veterans from post 27 Portlaoise (UN) veterans.

Jim Bastick from Emo, Denis Farrell from Mountrath and Alberto Candeias from Tullamore were among just 25 Irish United Veterans Association Members who were in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at Islandbridge to commemorate those who had died fighting for Britain during World War I.

 

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IUNVA visit the Midlands Martial Arts Centre in  Tullamore

 

A contingent of U.N. Veterans call in before the graduations to wish the students from Rehab Care well.

 

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Benefit Night


Post 27 Irish United Nations Veterans Association in conjunction with " Special Olympics"
Friday 15th June 2012
Newbridge Greyhound Stadium
Tickets: 10.00 euro
We hope you have a great night and thanks to all who supported us.
Contact 086 294 18 66 Michael Thompson


          Signing of new building for post 27 Portlaoise

 

On Wednesday 30th May 2012, representatives of post 27 IUNVA met with the County Manager Mr. Peter Carey, Councillor Mr. Paddy Bracken and Mr. Gerry lodge at Portlaoise County Hall, and were presented with keys to a premises on Well Road, our new Home.

 

 

 

                     Benefit Night

 

On Friday 15 June we held our benefit night at Newbridge greyhound track in conjunction with special olympics, so today in hotel Keadeen members of the fundraising committee met Mr. Jeremy Perrin, regional fundraising co-ordinator with special olympics Leinster area who was delighted to receive a presentation of a cheque for 2,000 euro from post 27 IUNVA Portlaoise. Jeremy spoke after the presentation and said that on behalf of special olympics Leinster area he would like to take this oppurtunity to thank post 27 as this money will be used for a good cause for all the athletes. The chairman of post 27 Mr Barney Flanagan said that on behalf of all members of post 27 that he was priviliged to be presenting this cheque to a worthy charity and to wish special olympics Ireland and all the athletes the very best for the future especially in Los Angeles olympics in 2015.

 

 

Photograph taken on 01 Sep 12 at the Cav Corps Memorial in Plunkett Bks by Paddy Nolan (Former Sgt Dep Cav). It shows L to R: Comdt Art Magennis Retd DSM, Angela Browne a sister of the late Tpr Anthony Browne (An Bonn Míleata Calmachta the Military Medal for Gallantry) who was killed at Niemba in 1960, Lt Gen Seán McCann COS and Christopher McMahon a son of the late Comdt Thomas McMahon. Comdt McMahon was one of the team who recovered Tpr Browne's remains fifty years ago on 07 Nov 1962 and he was the last member of the DF to die in the Congo in Sep 1963. Comdt Magennis was commissioned with Comdt McMahon in Feb 1942 - 70 years ago. This is also historical as this was the first time that members of the Browne and McMahon families met and it was fitting that it was at the Cav Corps remembrance ceremony.




iunva and growpicture taken on Tuesday in the grow mental health office Tullamore in the picture is Ruri who is the regional Manager for grow. The Michael Thompson presented  an cheque from the IUNVA post 27 as an donation to thank the talk that member of their staff gave to members of post 27. That talk took place in our office in Portlaoise on Tuesday 5 march.






Cavalry Day

 

Personnel of the Cavalry Corps and the Director of Combat Support & ISTAR cordially invite Past Members of the Cavalry Corps and Former Comrades To Attend The Annual Cavalry Corps Memorial Day To be held at The Curragh Camp County Kildare on Saturday 7th September 2013.

Mass in St. Brigid's Garrison Church at 1100 Hours Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial Garden at 1230 Hours.

Guests are asked to be seated in the church by 1050 Hours.

Dress: Military Service Dress 1, Medals

The Wreath Laying ceremony will be outdoors; please be prepared for inclement weather

The National Memorial at Merrion square

Ceremonial Military Guardat The National Memorial

As part of the Defence Forces activities in the lead in to the centenary of the foundation of ‘The Irish Volunteers, Óglaigh na hÉireann’ in November 2013, a Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, Merrion Square, Dublin throughout the summer.

Ceremonies will take place at Archbishop Ryan Park, Merrion Square Dublin, every Saturday from 6th July to Saturday 31st August 2013.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony.    

Participating Units

The Ceremony will commence each day at 1200hrs. Units from throughout the Defence Forces will participate in this Ceremony over the months of July and August as follows:

Date/Time

Unit/Station

July 2013

Saturday 6th 12:00 Hrs

7 Infantry Battalion, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin

Saturday 13th 10:00 Hrs

2 Artillery Regiment, Custume Barracks, Athlone

Saturday 20th 12:00 Hrs

27 Infantry Battalion, Aiken Barracks, Dundalk

Saturday 27th 12:00 Hrs

6 Infantry Battalion, Custume Barracks, Athlone

August 2013

Saturday 3rd 12:00 Hrs

Air Corps, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

Saturday 10th 12:00 Hrs

3rd Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny

Saturday 17th 12:00 Hrs

28 Infantry Battalion, Finner Camp, Ballyshannon

Saturday 24th 10:00 Hrs

Naval Service, Haulbowline, Cobh

Saturday 24th 12:00 Hrs

1 Infantry Battalion, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Galway

Saturday 31st 10:00 Hrs

12 Infantry Battalion, Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick

Saturday 31st 12:00 Hrs

1 Artillery Regiment, Collins Barracks, Cork

          Find out more.....

POST 27 of the Irish United National Veterans Association (IUNVA) reached another milestone with the official opening of its offices in Mill View, Portlaoise recently.

The offices were officially open by national IUNVA president Michael Butler and Post 27 president Archie Raeside. The event was attended by a large crowd of over 200 people.

The premises is leased from Laois Co Council and the Post 27 moved in last year.

Since Post 27 was established in 2004 by Billy Colbert and Paddy Harding, it had held its meetings in a variety of venues, as Post 27 chairperson Denis Farrell explained: “We had our meetings in John Egan’s restaurant. After that, we had it in the RDF hall beside the garda barracks. Then we had our meetings in the Birchwood community centre in Knockmay. All these people gave us these premises willingly.”

They renovated the office space and it contains a canteen, large meeting room and private offices. The meeting room is covered with old photos from UN missions abroad, giving a snapshot of the veterans’ experiences. To raise money for the offices, the Post carried out church gate collections, flag days and their own lotto, as well as gratefully receiving donations.

Laois Co Council and the national executive of the IUNVA also offered financial help.

Mr Raeside spoke of the benefits the Post enjoyed from having a permanent base. “Being based at this location is proving beneficial in making Post 27 more easily contactable by those in need of our support. We can now better achieve our primary objective of providing advice and counselling to those affected by service with the United Nations.”

From the offices, the Post offers counselling to veterans suffering post traumatic stress, with a trained counsellor among its members.

It has also held a gatekeeper course at the premises for mental health and suicide prevention. The new also office serves as a social outlet, as it operate as a drop-in centre where veterans can stop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

Tourists are also welcome to drop in and find out about Irish involvement with the UN. The offices also host the monthly Post 27 meeting. They are currently around 47 members in Post 27. Two of its members, Charlie Mott and Michael Thompson, are both on the national executive of the IUNVA.

The opening hours are Monday to Friday and it’s generally open until 5pm and is managed by Michelle Kane.

On the day of the launch, there were several military vehicles on display in Fitzmaurice Square, including a Defence Forces Mowag as well as other vehicles from the Military Vehicles Association. There was also a display of medals and military paraphernalia provided by Murty Quinn. Music was provided by St Conleth’s ONE Pipe Band. For more information about Post 27, contact the offices on 8666055 or call in.

Post 27 expressed its gratitude to all individuals and groups who have given their support, in particular county manager Peter Carey, Supt Yvonne Lundon, Garda Gerry Dillon, OIC RDF Portlaoise, John Egan and the Birchwood Community Centre committee.

IUNVA POST 27 NEWS UPDATE BY An Cosantóir to see full article please follow the link...

 

 

UNFICYP 50 years of peace keeping - by George Kerton ( Ret. Col. )

 

UNFICYP - Fifty Years of Peacekeeping

The island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is 9251 square kilometres in size- roughly the combined area of counties Cork and Waterford. At the outbreak of World War 1, Britain annexed the island and it was declared a Crown Colony in 1925. In 1955, the (Greek Cypriot) National Organization of Cypriot Combatants (EOKA) commenced a guerrilla war against British rule. In 1958, the Turkish Resistance Organisation (TMT) was established to counter EOKA. In February 1959 the governments of the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey reached agreement on the future of the Cyprus at conferences in Zurich and London. The Republic of Cyprus became an independent state on 16 August 1960 and Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom entered into a treaty to guarantee the provisions of the constitution and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Cyprus. A series of constitutional crises erupted soon after independence and the two underground armies, EOKA and TMT, built up their forces as the deadlock persisted. On 21 December 1963, fighting broke out in Nicosia and it quickly spread across the island and involved mainland Greek and Turkish forces.

 

               To read more please follow this link...

 

 

Visit of minister Joan Burton to Post 27 Portlaoise

 

Minister Joan Burton minister for social and family affairs visit to Post 27 Portlaoise on the 2/4/2014 she came to visit our Secretary Miclele Kean. But ,The minister was met by our Chairman Mr Fred o Reilly who introduced the members to the Minister ,the Minister arrive at approx. 1105hrs and she was accompanied by Senator Loraine Higgins, Senator John Whelan, Councillor Lisa Delaney. Senator John Whelan's father was an ex member of our post who passed away a few years ago. The Minister was also introduced to the

ex members of an Gardai ,and ex members of the Prison service . The Minister was then introduced to one of our members Mr Archie Raeside who served in the Congo and Mr Raeside presented the Minister with a copy of his book. Then the Minister thanked all the Members from post 27 for the service to the nation, But before the Minister left at approx. 1145 there was a lot of photographs taken with the minister in the post .

hope this is enough information about the visit of the Minister Mrs Joan Burton.

P. Canning Post Secretary of Post 27

 

Wreath laying ceremony and a silent vigil on the 18th April 2014

 

Wreath laying ceremony and a silent vigil on the 18th April 2014 at the Defence Forces National Monument to honour our fallen comrades Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett's 34th Anniversary  and to include John O'Mahony.

The Irish United Nations Veterans Association ( IUNVA ) is fully supportive of this Vigil.

 

Please follow this link to read full format of the ceremony and silent vigil...