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Below is a list of ”glaigh na h…ireann Irish Defence Forces personnel who either died or were killed in action while serving with the United Nations. The memorial pictured was unveiled in Dublin on the 15th of November 2008 and is dedicated to all ”glaigh na h…ireann Irish Defence Forces personnel who gave their lives in the cause of world peace. The pyramid-shape granite memorial depicts members of the four component parts of the Defence Forces, The Army, Navy, Air Corps and Reserve. The figures are cast in bronze and standing guard over an eternal flame that emanates from the Defence Forces Badge at the centre of the structure.

The Eternal Flame


On the 16th of September 1941 16 Irish Soldiers were killed when a mine they were training with exploded in the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow. Fifteen Soldiers died instantly and another died later from wounds received. The sixteen Soldiers wre:

Lieutenant M. J. McLoughlin, Green Park Road, Rostrevor, Down.

2nd Lieutenant S Fennessy, Balltfermot, Chapelizod, Dublin.

2nd Lieutenant P. T. OíNeill, Dunceallaigh, Ferranferris, Cork

2nd Lieutenant J J Brereton, 3 Adelaide Terract, Summerhill, Cork

Sergeant T Stokes, 10 Oaklands Park, Sandymount, Dublin.

Gunner J Murphy, 57 Mount Drummond Square, Haroldís Cross, Dublin.

Gunner J McDonnell, 190 Carrow Road, North Crumlin, Dublin.

Corporal C Heffernan, Dublin Road, Kilbeggan

Corporal D Cleary, Ballinamuck, Dungarvan, Waterford.

Corporal J Taylor, 78 Ferguson Road, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Corporal E Kennedy, 4 Jonesís Road, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Company Sergeant P McMahon, 14 Usherís Island, Dublin.

Sergeant M Scullion, Lurtybrack, Letterkenny.

Gunner J Osborne, 38 Summerhill, Dublin.

Private J OíHagan, 14 Brookvale Road, Donnybrook, Dublin.

Died later in hospital from injuries received:

Corporal William Shannon, 14 Mayfield Terrace, Balinteer, Dundrum, County Dublin.

Sergeant T Stokes was the son of John J Stokes who fought at Bolandís Mills during the 1916 Rising. John J Stokes drowned while attempting to rescue a bather at Ringsend in June 1940.


Patrick Kelly, Private, ”glaigh na h…ireann Irish Defence Forces born 1948 killed in action on the 16th of December 1983 during the rescue of kidnapped supermarket executive Don Tidey. He was a native of Moate County Westmeath and was married with four sons. Patrick Kelly was killed along with trainee Garda Gary Sheehan while they were involved in the rescue of Don Tidey at Derrada Wood, Ballinamore County Leitrim. On 16 July 2012, Kelly was posthumously awarded the Military Star. Tidey had been kidnapped by the I.R.A., there were no convictions of anyone involved in the killings of Patrick Kelly or Gary Sheehan.


NameAgeUN UnitIrish UnitAddressMarital StatusCause of Death
C/S Felix Grant4333rd Battalion32nd BattalionSheehy Terace ClonmelMarriedDied After Medical Operation 3/10/1960
Col. Justin McCarthy46UNO HQHQ 4th Brig.Delgany Co. WicklowMarriedTraffic Accident 28/10/1960
Lieut. Kevin Gleeson3033rd Battalion2nd Field Coy. Engr. Coy.Terenure Co. DublinMarriedNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Sgt. Hugh Gaynor2933rd Battalion2nd Mot. Sqn.Leixlip Co. KildareMarriedNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Cpl. Peter Kelly2533rd Battalion5th BattalionTempleogue Co. DublinMarriedNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Cpl. Liam Duggan3433rd Battalion5th BattalionCabra DublinSingleNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Pt. Matthew Farrell2233rd Battalion2nd Hospital Coy.Jamestown DublinSingleNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Tpr. Thomas Fennell1833rd Battalion2nd Mot. Sqn.Donneycarney DublinSingleNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Tpr. Anthony Browne2033rd Battalion2nd Mot. Sqn.Rialto DublinSingleNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Pte. Michael McGuinn2133rd Battalion2nd Field Engr. Coy.Staplestown Road CarlowMarriedNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Pte. Gerard Killeen2733rd BattalionCDT Eastern CommandRathmines DublinMarriedNiemba Ambush 8/11/1960
Pte. Patrick Davis1833rd Battalion2nd Field Engr. CoyBalyfermot DublinSingleAccidental Shooting 10/11/1960
Cpl. Liam Kelly2233rd Battalion3rd BattalionThomastown KildareMarriedAccidental Shooting 24/12/1960
Cpl. Luke Kelly40HQ ONUCDepot Military PoliceCurragh Camp KildareMarriedTraffic Accident 30/8/1961
Tpr. Edward Gaffney2235th Battalion1st Armd. Car Sqn.Camolin WaterfordSingleAccidental Shooting 13/9/1961
Trp. Patrick Mullins1835th Battalion1st Mot. Sqn.Kilbehenny LimerickSingleKilled in Action 15/9/1961
Cpl. Michael Nolan2235 Battalion1st Tank Sqn.Colbinstown WicklowSingleKilled in Action 15/9/1961
Cpl. Michael Fallon1836 Battalion5th BattalionLucan DublinSingleKilled in Action 8/12/1961
Sgt. Patrick Mulcahy3636th Battalion6ht Field Arty. Regt.Blackhorse Ave. DublinMarriedKilled in Action 16/12/1961
Pte. Andrew Wickham2536th Battalion2nd BattalionAthey LimerickMarriedAccidental Shooting 16/12/1961
Lieut. Patrick Riordan2536th Battalion5th BattalionTerenure DublinMarriedKilled in Action 16/12/1961
Cpl. John Geoghegan4136th Battalion25th BattalionAthea LimerickMarriedAccidental Shooting 28/12/1961
Cpl. John Power3736th BattalionCDT Eastern CommandDean Kavanagh Park KilkennyMarriedNatural Causes 7/3/1962
Capt. Ronald McCann41HQ ONUCGDT Western CommandAthlone WestmeathMarriedTraffic Accident 9/5/1962
Cpl. John McGrath4638th Battalion4th Hospital Coy.Athlone WestmeathMarriedTraffic Accident 31/3/1963
Condt. Thomas McMahon47HQ ONUCHQ Western CommandAthlone WestmeathMarriedNatural Causes 29/9/1963

NameAgeUN UnitIrish UnitAddressMarital StatusCause of Death
Cpl. William Hetherington284th Inf. GroupCDT Eastern CommandMountrath LaoiseMarriedTraffic Accident
C/S Wallace Macauley3941st BattalionDepot Military PoliceCurragh Camp KildareMarriedNatural Causes 22/2/1965
Sgt. John Hamill314th Inf. GroupDep. Cav.Curragh Camp KildareMarriedDrowned 7/4/1965
Capt. Chris McNamara319th Inf. Group2nd Grn S&TDun Laoghaire DublinMarriedNatural Causes 16/1/1968
Cpl. James Fagan2810th Inf. Group2nd Mot. Sqn.Drimnagh DublinMarriedTraffic Accident 10/6/1968
Lieut. Ronald Byrne4211th Inf. Group4th BattalionBray WicklowSingleNatural Causes 28/10/1968
Tpr. Michael Kennedy1912th Inf. Group1st Armd. Sqn.Portarlington LaoiseSingleDrowned 1/7/1969
Pte. Brendan Cummins2120th Inf. Group2nd BattalionBallyfermot DublinSingleNatural Causes 11/6/1971

NameAgeUN UnitIrish UnitAddressMarital StatusCause of Death
Pte. Gerard Moon1843rd Battalion4th BattalionFaranree CorkSingleTraffic Accident 25/8/1978
Cpl. Thomas Reynolds3544th Battalion2nd Field S&TShankill DublinMarriedTraffic Accident 24/12/1978
Pte. Philip Grogan20HQ UNIFIL28th BattalionLifford DonegalSingleDrowned 10/7/1979
Pte. Stephen Griffin2146th Battalion1st Field Engr. Coy.Rahoon GalwaySingleKilled in Action 16/4/1980
Pte. Thomas Barrett3046th Battalion4th BattalionAssumption Road CorkMarriedMurdered 18/4/1980
Pte. Derek Smallhorne3146th Battalion5th BattalionBluebell DublinMarriedMurdered 18/4/1980
Sgt. Edward Yates4347 Battalion2nd Mot. Sqn.Finglas DublinMarriedTraffic Accident 31/5/1980
Cpl. Vincent Duffy3747 Battalion6th Field Coy.Newbridge KildareMarriedTraffic Accident 18/10/1980
NameAgeUN UnitIrish UnitAddressMarital StatusCause of Death
Comdt. Thomas Wickham47ObserverMilitary CollegeCabra DublinMarriedShot in Syria 7/6/1967

Killed in an Air Crash

Although not a member of the Defence Forces Francis Eivers (28) U.N. Security Guard, Leopoldville, a native of Ballybay Athlone was kill in an air crash on the 18th of September 1961. U.N. Secretary General Mr. Dag Hammarskjold was also killed in the air crash.

Irish troops of the 1st Infantry Group at a memorial they erected to the Irish Soldiers who died for World Peace. The memorial was erected at Niemba in 1960.

Irish and Ethiopian troops engaged in a bloody battle at Elizabethville in December 1961.

Armoured vehicles of the Irish 38th Battalion in action in the Congo in 1961.