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‘The day we marched out’

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:45pm

An association of mostly retired soldiers will unveil a new plaque in Ballincollig this month.

The plaque, which was requested by the 1 Field Artillery Regiment, will acknowledge the service of members of the Defence Forces at the former site of Murphy Barracks in Ballincollig who served there up until

1998.

The ceremony will also mark the 20th anniversary of the barracks closing and the subsequent marching out and departure of the 1 Field Artillery Regiment.

The event will take place on 28 September from 1-3pm at the Starbucks premises in the Castlewest Shopping Centre, Ballincollig with all who served in the barracks and their families invited to attend.

Things will get underway with an artillery weapons display at 1pm followed by live music from the 1st Brigade.

At 2pm there will be an address from Ceremony Coordinator, Larry Finnegan, and the official unveiling of the plaque, after which a memorial wreath will be laid by Regimental Sergeant Major Pat O’Driscoll marking the end of the ceremony.

Colonel Tim Daly will represent the General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, Brig Gen Patrick Flynn, at the event.

Attendees are then invited for light refreshments in District 11 followed by live music by Pa O’Malley at 5pm.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, Ceremony Coordinator Larry Finnegan, said: “To mark the occasion we looked for permission to unveil a plaque to remember the soldiers that served there.

“So then we decided we’d incorporate it with 20th anniversary of the day we marched out.”

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