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We provide below a video from the 2015 Defence Forces Carol Service courtesy of the DF Audio Visual School. The Army No 1 Band and the Defence Forces Pipe Band were joined by Il Coro Italiano di Dublin, Aoife Gibney and Sgt David Martin in Holy Family Church, Aughrim Street, Dublin 7 for a prayerful, memorable and......

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Limerick-born Fr Séamus Madigan has been appointed Head Chaplain to the Forces. It follows nine years as chaplain at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick. In that time he has served on overseas missions in Kosovo, Chad and the Lebanon as well as providing pastoral care and spiritual support to Defence Forces members in Limerick. Fr Madigan said......

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This upgrade of the Mingy Prayerbook was published in 2015. It contains prayers and reflections for all personnel at various stages of life and duty. Prayerbooks are available from all Defence Forces chaplains for serving and retired personnel.   See the interview above for details of the new Mingy Prayerbook and its value to the military community and their families.......

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Congratulations to Mgr John McDonald who recently celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination. A gathering for his family, parishioners and colleagues in DFTC was held on Friday 03 July in the Church of St Brigid, Curragh Camp as Mgr John marked fifty years since his ordination. A tree was planted in the garden......

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Pope Francis has recently published an encyclical letter Laudato Sì (based on the prayer of St Francis of Assisi). The letter is entitled “On the Care of Our Common Home” and has been prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Fr Robert McCabe describes the document as a prayerful, poetic and provocative engagement with......

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Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference The following statement was issued at the end of the Summer meeting of the Conference held in Maynooth: The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has welcomed the rapid humanitarian response of the Irish naval vessel LÉ Eithne, and the supporting efforts of the Irish Defence Forces who have......

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Mass & Dedication of Memorial to SS Caomhán Seoighe Inis Oírr  29 v 2015 The Minister for Defence Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Lt Gen Conor O’Boyle and Mr Maurice Quinn (Secretary General of the Department of Defence) attended a commemorative ceremony in honour of Saighdiúir Singil Caomhán Seoighe on Inis Oírr on Friday 29 May 2015.......

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On behalf of the Defence Forces Chaplaincy Service I am delighted An Cosantóir* has again afforded me the opportunity to send Christmas greetings to you, the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann and your families. Having commemorated the centennial anniversary of the commencement of World War 1, where men and women gave their lives......

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Lt Cian Clancy (1 Artillery Regiment) describes a truce in the trenches during Christmas 1915. This song captures the uniting power of the most popular of all Christmas carols. It reminds us that a ceasefire allows the humanity and innate kindness of good people to shine in a time of darkness. Perhaps the sentiments expressed here by Cian......

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  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a resolution of the UN General Assembly and has been observed every 21 September since 1982. (update) To mark this year’s Day of Peace, a Service of Prayer was held for all Irish men and women who are serving with the United Nations. It began......

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