A proud day for six young Wexford men

Published 28/01/2014 | 05:42

From left: Pte Ray Fenlon, Pte Stephen Doyle, Pte Liam Sinnott, Pte Gary Cowman, Pte Leigh Smith, Pte Shane Dempsey.
From left: Pte Ray Fenlon, Pte Stephen Doyle, Pte Liam Sinnott, Pte Gary Cowman, Pte Leigh Smith, Pte Shane Dempsey.

THERE were celebrations for six young Wexford men on Friday as they took part in their official passing out ceremony for the Irish Defence Forces at The Curragh Camp in County Kildare.

The new recruits were inspected and performed arms drills as part of the ceremony which saw them presented with their certificates as fully fledged members of the Defence Forces. Of the six recruits, two were from Wexford town, two were from Enniscorthy, one was from Bunclody and one was from Bannow.

From Wexford, 24-year-old Shane Dempsey and Leigh Smith, also 24, received their certificates. Shane, from Clonard, represented Ireland in soccer at U15 and U19 levels and has won three All-Ireland FAI Cup medals as well as numerous county medals in football. He was also awarded the prize for Best Performance during the army's Tactical Exercise.

Leigh shares a similar interest in sports, listing football, hurling and soccer among his hobbies. He plays for Wexford in the Oscar Traynor Cup and has won Player of the Year three times. Leigh is a proud father to Dion, aged 5.

From Bunclody, Stephen Doyle is 22 years old and is a qualified mechanic, a profession he worked at before joining the recruits. Stephen was influenced in his decision to join the Forces by his cousin Sgt Sean Cosgrove, who based in Kilkenny.

The two recruits from Enniscorthy were 21-year-old Gary Cowman and 18-year-old Ray Fenlon. Before joining the recruits, Gary worked as a cashier in a bookmakers. He is also big into soccer and has won underage county medals in football.

Ray worked for Atlantis Crystal prior to joining the recruits. He enjoys motorsport and has a particular interest in cars and quad bikes. In 2011, he won the Irish grass track championship and came third in the Irish mixed youth's championship.

County Wexford's sixth recruit was Liam Sinnott (21) from Bannow. He served in the RDF in E Coy 3 Inf Bn Wexford. He is an occupational first aider and a lifeguard. Among his hobbies are power lifting, hurling, football and soccer.

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