hi tom,i have that picture also of our passing out.Remember me dathi Byrne ex curragh lad.Third row eight in from the left.I remember getting a hard time from john rochford until he found out i was ex o Higgins tce.
Great to hear from you, looking back at that photo it seems like another lifetime in the black and white days. I have come across some of the lads that remained in the army ,MC Cathy chap first name escapes me he's a CQMS in Dublin ,paddy butler hes overseas he a cqms in the curragh, Johnny Faul was still in until recently he might be left now not sure, for me I left after two and a half years of hardship in the third battalion, I was refused a transfer to another unit so bought myself out,worked outside making and installing industrial fridges,the company i worked for went into liquidation. so as the saying goes I got hungry and rejoined,unfortunately I had to undergo my recruit training again last month i completed thirty one years service
I remember that platoon as a really gilty lot much better than my second platoon, dathai if your around the curragh i don't know were you live now drop in to have a cup of tea and a chat you can get me during work at 445857
howya Tommy, i stayed in mcdonagh did three star and ncos course all within a year.I was actin jack in mcdonagh training recruits.I was the only NCO living in barracks so my bunk was just off the recruit lines.No lock on the door no washing facilities in the room,very primitive.You can imagine the crack at night with three recruit platoons in the barracks at the time.A lot of responsibility for a young 19 year old.No hr dept to crib to.I got a transfer to sarsfield Bk's.in Limerick,went to the Leb with the 47th,and left after 3 years.I will give you a shout when i am up in the camp again.There are so many curragh people here in Shannon,we should run a bus for the next shadower's meet,cheers come on Munster