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Collon’s Thomas Irwin among 91 Defence Forces cadets to be commissioned

Thomas Anthony Irwin
Cadet Thomas Anthony Irwin, Irish Defence Forces. Photo Credit: Irish Defence Forces.

A young man from Collon is among 91 Irish Defence Forces Cadets that will be officially commissioned at a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday afternoon.

Thomas Anthony Irwin, son of Natasha Tighe and Barry Irwin, will graduate among Cadets from 24 other counties nationwide and six Cadets from Malta at the ceremony to be held at Dublin Castle tomorrow (Thursday February 20). The class is the largest Cadet class in the history of the State.


Cadet Irwin was on the Cadet’s Shooting Team while he was also part of the team which came second in an Coisintoir 10km road race.

The cadets have successfully completed a 15 month cadetship, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army, Air Corps and the Armed Forces of Malta.

The class is comprised of 13 officers who previously served in the Defence Forces and 26 university graduates with a range of qualifications including law, international relations, history, engineering, sports management, law, archaeology, geomatics and computer science.

Additonally, a further five officers were in third level education prior to joining the Defence Forces.

In receiving the Presidential Commission on Thursday, the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.

The ceremony will see Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM in attendance.


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