Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Dublin

The English displaced Catholic Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and replaced them with English and Scottish settlers.

!916 Easter Uprising

Irish Republican Army

1921- Twenty six counties of Ireland are given dominion status by the British, creating the Irish Free State, while six counties in the north remain under British control.

1921-1923- Civil war in Ireland between the Irish Free State forces and the Irish Republican Army forces who did not go along with the partition of Ireland and Ireland's “dominion” status. The Republican forces wanted to continue the fight for a free, united Ireland.

The Troubles”

Northern Ireland is still occupied by British forces.

Irish Defence Forces
Oglaigh na hEireann
Approximately 7,650 personnel
FF-Fianna Fail ("Soldiers of Destiny")
Oglaig na h Eireann ("Irish Volunteers")

Permanent Defence Force
Reserve Defence Force
First Line Reserve
Second Line Reserve

Irish Air Corps
930 personnel

CASA CN-235 aircraft used for maritime patrol (2)

Cessna 172 aircraft used for surveillance (5)

Pilatus PC-9 trainer/light attack aircraft (7)

AW139 transport helicopters (6)

Eurocopter EC-135 helicopters (2)

Irish Naval Service
1,144 personnel
8 ships
LE prefix (“Long Eireannach” or Irish Ship)
Ships have mythological Irish female names.

Patrol Boats (8)
LE Emer (P21)
LE Aoife (P22)
LE Aisling (P23)

LE Eithne (P31)

LE Orla (P41)
LE Ciara (P42)

LE Roisin (P51)

LE Niamh (P52)

Boarding Unit

Naval Service Diving Unit

Irish Army
8,500 active duty personnel
13,000 reserve personnel

FV101 Scorpion light tanks (14)

MOWAG Piranha armored personnel carriers. Some with 40mm Remote Weapon Stations (80)

Panhard AML-90 (19)

Panhard AML-20 (24)

Sisu XA-180 armored personnel carriers (2)
Light Tactical Armored Vehicles (LTAV)- Also known as the RG Outrider (27)

ACMAT trucks

FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles

SRAAW (Short Range Anti Armor Weapon)

Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers

M203 under barrel grenade launchers

M2HB Browning .50 cal machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
Accuracy International 96 Sniper Rifle
Steyr AUG assault rifles
HK USP pistols

Brandt 120mm mortars (71)
81mm mortars
60mm mortars

L118 towed 105mm howitzers (24)
L119 towed 105mm howitzers

RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles
Bofors L/70 40mm anti-aircraft guns

Browning .50 cal machine guns on Cobra mount used in air defense role.

Aeronautics Orbiter UAV (3)

Army Ranger Wing

G2 army intelligence?

GARDA- National police force

Irish Defence Force pictures

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