The Commissioning Ceremony of the 87th Cadet Class of the Curragh Camp took place on Thursday of last week at the Defence Forces Training Centre.
Described as a ‘very special occasion’ by the Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, TD, the ceremony marks the graduation of the newest cohort of officers to serve in the Permanent Defence Force, and on this occasion, the Armed Forces of Malta.
“The three female and 21 male cadets have completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding 15 months of basic officer training, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army,” he said.
“In receiving this Presidential Commission 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 members of the 87th Cadet Class also included three members of the Maltese Armed Forces and Malta Brigadier Martin Xuereb, Commander Armed Forces of Malta, attended the ceremony.
Three of the newly commissioned Cadets are from Kildare, Cadet Tarlach Doorley (24) is from Naas, Cadet Seán Mooney (19) is from Clane and Cadet Ian Lonergan (25) is from Newbridge.
“Each year, the Commissioning Ceremony marks the coming of age of a new generation of military leaders. The 87th Cadet Class are that new generation. Today is a celebration of real achievement and marks the passing of a great milestone in the lives of these young officers,” said the Minister.