The 27th batallion celebrates 40 years service at Aiken Barracks

Dundalk celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion with a parade through the town at the weekend.

Dundalk celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion with a parade through the town at the weekend.

Established in 1973, the battalion has been based out of Aiken Barracks over the last five decades.

Hundreds of people from the town, the country, and abroad, turned up at the Market Square on Saturday to celebrate the prestigious occasion.

Lt. Col Louis Hogan first led the battalion which played an important role during The Troubles.

In recent times soldiers from the battalion have been overseas on peacekeeping missions to Chad, Lebanon and Liberia.

Commanding Officer of the 27th Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Maureen O’Brien addressed the parade.

Eamonn O’Boyle, chairman Dundalk Town Council, said it gave him great pleasure and honour, as cathaoirleach of Dundalk Town Council, on behalf of all the people of Dundalk, to warmly congratulate the men and women of our Defence Forces who are attached to Aiken Barracks here in Dundalk.

“Looking back on the many work involvements and achievements of this 27th Infantry Battalion over past 40 years one cannot but be very grateful and proud of the He praised the gallant and dedicated services provided by the many men and women who have served and who continue to serve in this battalion.

“They have contributed to on-island security and stability by providing on request, aid to the civil power, to An Garda Síochána, aid to the civil authority, and other emergency and non-emergency services,” he said.

“They have contributed to the maintenance of international peace and security through participation in UN mandated peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations all over the world, including Chad, Bosnia, Kosovo and Lebanon to name but a few.

“Members of this 27th Infantry Battalion will be deployed in Syria with the UN Peace Keeping Mission and to the Lebanon. We wish them every success and safety in these forthcoming new challenging and difficult missions.

“I am very happy to see former serving members of the 27th Infantry Battalion are here with us today to celebrate this occasion.”