Up close with the army at barracks open day

Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00

Cpl Bertie Hickey with Neil Murphy and Louise Byrne.
Cpl Bertie Hickey with Neil Murphy and Louise Byrne.
Emma Busher throws a hand grenade, watched by Lt Joe Ryan, Karen Busher and Pte Lar Stoutt.
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Karl Murphy, TJ Barnwell and Cpl Joe Mullins.

the people of Wexford got a rare glimpse behind the scenes at Wexford Barracks during an Open Day held there on Sunday.

Recently-appointed commandant of the army reserve in Wexford Commandant Enda McDonald, who is on the lookout for new recuits, said the Open Day gave people an insight into the work of the modern army and generated interest among those looking for comradeship, excitement and professional training as members of the reserve.

When he's not in uniform, the commandant has a civilian job as managing director of Peter J McDonald Engineering, at Tellarought, New Ross, and is looking to build the unit back up to strength.

Would-be recruits to the reserve, among them potential soldiers much further down the line, were given the opportunity to see some of the weapons from mortars to machine guns, as part of the reserve.

Commandant McDonald said troops under his command would be involved in tactics and force protection and had a main role supplementing the permanent defence force.

The Army Reserve is the land component of the Reserve Defence Forces and is the second line reserve of the Army. 1 Brigade includes Munster and Counties Kilkenny, Wexford, Carlow and Laois, Offaly, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Kerry and Clare.

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