See our attached slideshow of last Monday’s march out for the final time of Kickhams Barracks soldiers. See this week’s issue for much more on this historic event.
The 12th Infantry Battalion soldiers, led by Cmdt Robert Kiely, Officer Commanding of Kickham Barracks, were greeted with applause from the crowds as they marched behind the Band of the First Southern Brigade.
Approximately 150 soldiers marched out the Southern Gate of Kickham Barracks at the stroke of 1pm on Monday. It was a moment filled with emotion as they were met by hundreds of well wishers on The Mall.
Children from the town’s primary and secondary schools joined Defence Forces veterans, workers and families all gathered along the streets of the town centre in beautiful spring sunshine to say farewell to the soldiers, most of whom will now be based at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick and James Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny.
Many of those who turned out to watch the parade had cameras, mobile phones and camcorders ready to record the historic event for posterity.