The 6th Field Artillery Regiment, which was remembered at the Curragh Military Museum last week, was formed in 1959 and covered the areas of Kildare and Offaly.
It is estimated that over the past 50 years, over 9,000 personnel served through the ranks and many joined local community and voluntary groups including the P.D.F; the Garda Siochana, Air Corps and Naval Service. Located at Magee Barracks until its closure, the unit was then relocated and reformed in 2005 as the 62nd Reserve Defence Force, which is attached to Connolly Barracks in the Curragh.
A Regimental plaque in recognition of all who served in the unit now stands in the Museum and was designed for the occaision by by Oliver Murphy, former Battery Commander in the 6th F.A.R.
“I am delighted that the service of all the members of the 6th F.A.R., who gave of their time and commitment, has been recognised here in the Military Museum,” said Oliver.
“An awful lot of people in this catchment area served in the Regiment and there was a great commaderie. It was a good way for young people to build their interpersonal skills. It was a great organisation and it all took place in our spare time - one night per week and usually every other weekend. We took part in many great occaisions including a guard of honour for De Valera when he was re-inaugaurated as President. I miss the lads but we see each other every couple of months for one reason or another.”
Comdt Mick Moore, Director of the Curragh Military Museum noted that the 6th F.A.R had a long association with the Curragh. “The museum was delighted to accept the Regimental plaque in recognition of all who served in this fine unit over the past 50 years”, he said.
Personnell who were part of the 6th F.A.R. and now the 62nd, are currently attached to other units including the Artillery School and the R.D.F.T.A.
The museum opened in October 2010 and has a wide range of military memorabilia on display, some of which date back to 1640. Since opening in October, it is estimated that over 10,000 people have visited the museum.