On Tuesday 11th of March 2014 the fourth classes went to the school hall to listen to a presentation about the Irish Defence Forces.
Mr. Mc Kevitt showed us a powerpoint about the Irish Defence Forces. He showed us lots of pictures about the different sections of the Irish Defence Forces. He talked about the naval service, army, overseas service, air corps, artillery and the Curragh. We learned that on May 16th 1922 the British army handed over the Curragh military base to the Irish army. If you are in the army you have to know how to do 5 things, swim, fight, serve over- seas, drive and do ceremonial work. We learned that the Irish Defence Forces travel to places that need help. We learned that they try and make peace in different countries that are at war.
We also learned that the army practise with live ammunition. They are allowed to fire one heat seeking missile a year, two if they get permission. Did you know it cost 20,000 euro per missile? We learned that the Irish army isn’t all about guns and war. It is mainly about keeping peace around the world and keeping Ireland safe. Our favourite part was when we saw a fake picture of a sheep in the Curragh dressed as a soldier.
We found the talk about the Irish Defence Forces very interesting.
Written by Mr. Trench's class.
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