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Friday 21 September 2018

Wexford Army officers commissioned

2nd Lieutenants Ashleigh Weadick, John Moore and Richard Cleary with Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Minister Paul Kehoe, 2nd Lieutenant Arran Davies and Lieutenant Bryan Dwyer at the commissioning ceremony
2nd Lieutenants Ashleigh Weadick, John Moore and Richard Cleary with Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Minister Paul Kehoe, 2nd Lieutenant Arran Davies and Lieutenant Bryan Dwyer at the commissioning ceremony

Maria Pepper

Wexford was well represented at the largest Commissioning Ceremony of Defence Forced Officers in the history of the State.

Five Wexford cadets were commissioned as officers at a ceremony that took place in the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh.

They are: 2nd Lieutenant Ashleigh Weadick from Gorey, 2nd Lieutenant John Moore from Rathangan, 2nd Lieutenant Richard Cleary from Clonard, 2nd Lieutenant Arran Davies from Kilmuckridge and Lt Bryan Dwyer from Monageer.

2nd Lieutenant Cleary is a relative of Minister with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe, who attended the ceremony along with Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.

The Commissioning Ceremony involved 68 new Army officers, two Air Corps officers and eight Maltese Officers.

It was the largest number of new officers to be commissioned together in the history of the State, following the largest ever single intake of cadets.

The recruits completed a 15-month cadetship, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army, Air Corps and the Armed Forces of Malta.

In receiving the Presidential Commission, the new officers took an oath of allegiance in which they swore to be 'faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution'. The Maltese Cadets received a certificate of graduation.

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