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IUNVA Memorial Garden Mount Temple Road Arbour Hill Dublin  

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The UN Memorial Garden was officially opened by President, Mary McAleese, on 8 November 1998. The Remembrance Wall is ‘dedicated to the Irish citizens who died in service of the United Nations’ with names inscribed on the Memorial. On 29 May, for International Peacekeepers Day, the Minister of Defence usually lays a wreath at the UN Memorial. It is attended by members of IUNVA, Irish Defence Forces, ONET, RACO, Other Veteran Organisations and is open to the public.  This site is also home to IUNVA HQ and Post 1.  Visitors to 1916 Remembrance Garden may also visit our HQ, who with the courtesy of Post 1 will be given a guided tour and visit our museum on site. 

Post 19 Letterkenny

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Post 20 Mullingar

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Post 15 Cavan

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Post 29 Carlow

 

 

 

 

 

In 2007, the members of Post 29 Carlow decided that they would erect a small monument to their comrades who gave their lives for peace while serving with the United Nations overseas. This was done and on Sunday 9th September 2007 the UN memorial was unveiled by Mr. Liam Murphy, the then Vice-Present of IUNVA. 

Then in the end of 2014 it was decided to upgrade the monument so that all of the names of our falling comrades could be inscribed on granite slabs. This was completed by the summer of 2015.

On Sunday the 5th July 2015 our upgraded monument was unveiled by Mr. Michael Butler, the then National Chairman of IUNVA.

The site where our memorial is situated is in the grounds of the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. This was donated by Fr. Tom Little, Parish Priest from the Askea Parish. 

The design of our monument was decided by the members of Post 29. 

The work on the monument wall was carried out by Mr. Eddie Kelly and Hugh Kelly, Carlow. The granite slabs and inscriptions of all the names was carried out by Mr. Matt Doyle, Carlow.   

"A" Company 35th Infantry Battalion Congo - Custume Barracks Athlone Co. Westmeath

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In honour of the Officers, NCOs and men of "A" Company 35th Infantry Battalion United Nations Force in the Congo (ONUC) who had the misfortune to suffer so much at Jadotville in the Provence of Katanga in September 1961. "A" Company took responsibility for the UN Post at Jadotville on 3rd September.  On the 9th of September they were surrounded by a large force of Katangese Gendarmerie and early on the morning of the 13th September the Company came under attack.  Over the coming days until 17th September they endured almost continued attack from ground and air.  Despite their courageous resistance and sustained efforts  of 35 Infantry Battalion HQ to provide assistance A Company were taken captive on 17th September.  By this time "A" Company had no water and many had been wounded wounded.  "A" Company remained in captivity until finally released on the 25th October 1961.  Their sacrifices in the service of Peace are remembered with pride.

 Non IUNVA Memorials

The National Memorial

merrion-sqThe National Memorial is a place of contemplation and remembrance, where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State.

The pyramid shape of the memorial, which was designed by Brian King, captures references to burial and is a standing testament to the dead. It also reflects the shape of a military tent. Within the pyramid, four bronze figures, representing all elements of the Defence Forces, stand guard over the eternal flame that emanates from the badge of the Defence Forces. The flame burns in perpetual memory of those members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Members of the Defence Forces who have died in service are remembered annually in July on the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Ceremonies are also held annually in all military barracks throughout the country on November 2nd, which is the traditional day of commemoration for deceased members of the Defence Forces.

 

Lt. General Dermot Early (RIP)

IMG0055-1IMG0050-1 Lt. General Dermot Early Gortaganny Co. Roscommon - Post 30 will lay a wreath annually at this memorial, date to be decided.

 

 

  

Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance, Lannagh Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

unnamedMayo Remembrance & Peace Park  located in Castlebar Co. Mayo  was erected by Mayo Peace Park Committee.

 

 

 

 

brughaNiemba Ambush Congo 1961

Every year in November a memorial service for those who died in the Niemba Ambush on 8th November 1961 is held  at this memorial in Cathal Brugha Barracks Rathmines Dublin.  It is organised an ran by ONET.

Contact IUNVA

Arbour House 
Mount Temple Road
Dublin 7 

T: +353(0)1-6791262
E: iunvahqd7@gmail.com

 

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