My name is Gerry Byrne and I served in the Curragh Camp from 1968 to 1970. I trained in McDonagh Bks and Sgt Mick Prendergast was my Pl Sgt. I was posted to the Military College where I served in the Officers Mess. I did an MP course in 1969 and was posted to the Detention Bks. I can still remember a lot of names from that period. I was sent to the border and served in Castleblaney with Depot Police. I went back to the Curragh again for two trips to the Detention Barracks. That was probably the worst part of my career ever! I transferred to Eastern Command in 1970 serving in 2nd Grn MPC until 1976. I ended up back on the Border, eventually leaving the Police and joining the 27 Inf Bn.
Hi Ella I remember your late grandfather well He was stationed in the Ordnance Corp and worked down in the Magazine. his son also nicknamed jigger was also in the Army and served in McDonagh barracks as a cook. sadly there are no photos of your grandfather about as of now due to vast changes in the Curragh with most of the units disbanded and joined into other units and with therefore so much of unit history having being mislaid but during the week i will have a search of the magazine to see if there is any photos left around the place. bye for now Johnny
I joined up in 1973. Trained in Mcdonagh Bks.Went from recruit training straight to MP course,they were desperate for new blood! Had to get day off MP NCO course to go to my Passing Out Parade in McDonagh Bks!That must be an unusual occurance.
Hello Colette I was trained up at MacDonagh Bks from August 53 to passing out Feb 54, I must have been there when your father was there, was he on training staff?? do you know his army No?? that would give you an idea of when he joined up, my No was 99917 if he was anyway near my No it would tell you something, anyway I probably shared Christmas with him? I hope you get some more info, Ex Tpr Kelly, Ex 1st Armd Sqdn.
Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the following. Given the huge millions Kildare Barracks sold for would it be feasible that a portion could have been set aside to provide Nursing / CARE Home facility for our OLD & Sick soldiers.