Carol Service 2014

The annual Defence Forces Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 10 December in Arbour Hill Church. The ceremony will begin at 20:00hrs.

The Army No 1 Band will be joined by soprano Celine Byrne, the Mornington Singers and by the Galway Tenors for an evening of seasonal music, prayer and reflection.

This year’s theme is based around the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the ongoing challenge of building peace and justice in our world.


The writings of many chaplains from the trenches (especially the Irish priests like Fr Gleeson, Fr Doyle and others) has formed much of the narrative of World War I and sheds some light on the faith of personnel in a time of deep uncertainty and stress.

This year’s Carol Service is an opportunity to reflect on a deeper level on the challenge of building peace in our world. We will be invited to pray for all who are involved in political, diplomatic and military efforts to promote stability and justice in our time.

Special consideration in our prayer and candles this year will be given to the personnel who are away from their families this Christmas and New Year in UNIFIL and UNDOF and in other mission areas.

    Update 11 December 2014

Some videos and photos from the ceremony will be available online in preparation for the Christmas season.

Little Drummer Boy – Pipers from the DF School of Music

Silent Night Christmas 1915 – Lt Cian Clancy 1 Artillery Regiment

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