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DEATH OF DAN O'CONNELL POST 27                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Reposing in George Mullins funeral home Kilcullen Road Nass on Sunday 18 March between 1400 hrs and 1700 hrs - prayers at 1600 hrs .  Funeral mass Monday morning 19 March in St Brigid’s church Curragh Camp Co Kildare at 11 am follow by Cremation in Newlands crematorium.
May Dan Rest In Peace and Condolence to his wife Carmel and family .

Post 27 will be doing Guard of Honour on Monday morning will be meeting at the fire station cross for church at 1030 sharp to meet Dan's remains coming in from the funeral home and outside the church both going in and after mass Anto Byrne from Iunva pipe band will be playing the lament on the Pipes.         















image2        WE ARE INTENDING TO ACCEPT THIS INVITATION FULL DETAILS LATER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Kirsten Orsborn will be touring Ireland in June for 3 weeks from 1st June, Kirsten supports many different veterans charities serving and non serving, Kirsten has performed at many military bases and is proud to be able to perform for them

We wondered while she is there if you would like her to come to perform at your base, it would be an absolute honour to meet you all.

You could have a day or evening and just small event or make it as big as you wish.



Kirsten Orsborn – The Royal Marines Forces Sweetheart.

Kirsten Orsborn from South Wales is one of the UK’s best and most versatile international female vocalist. Performing an extensive repertoire of music from Swing, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist, Motown, Soul, right through to Disco, Dance and Pop.

In 2014 Kirsten was officially adopted by The Royal Marines as their New Forces Sweetheart, continuously performing in prestigious events across the UK for the forces. This title is taking her to Ireland this summer and The Falkland Island this October.

Having performed from the age of 6, Kirsten has experienced performing in a number of wonderful venues including, Theatres, Concert Halls, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Cruise Ships and even The Royal Hospital Of Chelsea.

Kirsten is an incredibly popular artist being booked up in advance for Weddings, Corporate Events, Live Productions, Appearances, Ticket Shows, Charity Events and Award Ceremonies.

Kirsten Orsborn is known in Wales as one of the most unique solo singers, she’s also known to be seen on stage with her Saxophonist, with live bands and orchestras!

Through 2018 Kirsten will begin to travel and perform worldwide as a Headline Act for Cruise Ships.

With her bubbly personality, beautiful warm voice and her dazzling stage presence, she never fails to win the hearts of every crowd. Leaving everyone with a smile on their faces and dancing their way out of each venue!




IUNVA-colour-logo  Irish United Nations Veterans Association needs your support, if you are eligible to join our Association please consider doing so, you are most welcome.   If you do not wish to join you can make an annual subscription of 24 Euro.  Contact our office or post your request on our guest book page located under heading Services and Information on Web Site to obtain the necessary Forms.

Below is a brief summary of the Associations role, your joining our Association will ensure the future of our Association Membership or making a contribution will ensure we are financially viable to continue this role. 

  All our Members are volunteers and do not receive any payments for their work with the Association.   Our Association was formed in 1990 to assist our Members or ex soldiers who are experiencing problems due to domestic circumstances, depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts or actions, financial difficulties or medical conditions.   Irish Troops have served with United Nations Peacekeeping Missions throughout the world.  Sadly, many soldiers of all ranks carrying out their peacekeeping duties in various theatres of operation paid the ultimate price.  Others paid a price in the form of wounds, injuries, and post trauma stress.   We acquired IUNVA Grave Plots countrywide for deceased veterans who served overseas and have nobody to lay them to rest.  Otherwise these proud men would be buried in “pauper’s graves”.    Other serious situations that were not envisaged have developed over the years, “Suicide by ex soldiers,”  “Homelessness of ex soldiers”, these must be investigated and eradicated as a matter of extreme urgency, it is our priority and main objective to do so.

Yours in Peace




143698721177587202298911174887861585224963n Our Photo Gallery needs to be updated by having names or events attached to each photograph to describe the photographs in each category.  Unfortunately the photos did not have these details when uploaded, in each category they run as a slide show starting with number 1 in sequence to the end.  We are looking for help in achieving this task so if anyone can recognise the names or events please contact us, you assistance is greatly appreciated.



 United Nations International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be celebrated on 29th May 2018 and United Nations International Peace Day  will  be celebrated on 21st September 2018.  Our Association has no set date to mark a special celebration annually.  If anyone has any suggestions or ideas that we could also adopt one of these dates each year for an event or celebration please submit to National Secretary.



 Any Post requiring the services of IUNVA Pipe Band or Piper should give three or four weeks notification in advance of the date of the event.  You should contact Stef. O'Reilly by mail to Post 1, phone 087 2607808 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book. Payment to Pipe Band can be negotiated at time of booking, a piper travelling to an event in his own transport will have to be reimbursed.





The Road Show is available to travel countrywide to events Military or Civilian to promote our Association

Application to book their services to be made to HQ


 The National Executive wish all Members of our Association and their families a Very Happy Christmas and Bright New Year.   We thank all members who organised and attended events during 2017, your comittment is greatly appreciated.  Without the input by you the members our Association would not be where it is today.  Thank you.

Yours in Peace

National Executive




I am pleased once again to have the honour of sending Christmas greetings to all members of

the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) and your loved ones, both on my behalf

and on behalf of all my colleagues in Government.

This occasion provides me with the opportunity to recognise and thank all the members of

IUNVA for the generations of dedicated service to both the State and to the cause of

International peacekeeping. Ireland has a long and proud association with United Nations

(UN).  Defence Forces personnel have completed over 66,000 individual tours of duty on UN

and UN-mandated Peacekeeping missions since 1958. IUNVA plays an important role in

representing Defence Forces veterans of all ranks that have served overseas in these missions.

Your dedication and service has contributed in no small measure to the excellent reputation

of the Defence Forces, both at home and overseas. 

It gave me great pleasure in 2017 to announce, together with an Iar-Taoiseach Enda Kenny

T.D., the decision to award the “Jadotville Medal” to the men of “A” Company, 35th Infantry

Battalion and to family representatives of deceased members.  I believe this is an important

award and will give full and due recognition in honour of the courageous actions of the men

during the siege at Jadotville in September 1961 during the UN peacekeeping operation in the


At this time of year, our thoughts also naturally turn to those who are no longer with us and

I want to take this opportunity to remember those members of IUNVA who have passed away

in 2017 and previous years. Our thoughts and best wishes are with their families and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.


Finally, I wish you and your families a happy, peaceful Christmas with every success for 2018.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.


Paul Kehoe, T.D. Minister with Responsibility for Defence

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:

Retired Higher Civil & Public Servants (RCPSA)
Retired Civil Servants (IMPACT)
Retired Teachers’ Unions (RSTI/RMA/TUI/RTAI).
Retired Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD-R)
Retired Members of the IMO
Retired Members of the Nurses Association of Ireland (RNAI)
Retired Prison Officers (ARPO)
Retired Members of Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB)
Retired City & County Managers (RCCM)
Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO)
Retired Members of Shannon Development (SDPA)
Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA)
National Federation of Pensioners Association (NFPA)

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.

Contact IUNVA

Arbour House 
Mount Temple Road
Dublin 7 

T: +353(0)1-6791262
E: iunvahq@eircom.net