Young Clare people should consider military career

Young Clare people should consider military career


A Defence Forces MOWAG Pirahna III arriving at Shannon Airport in 2004 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Young people in Co Clare should consider a career in the Defence Forces as recruitment begins again in earnest.

That’s according to Clare Senator, Martin Conway who is highlighting a major recruitment drive announced recently by his colleague the Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD.

“A significant new recruitment campaign for the Defence Forces is targeting an intake of 860 personnel, across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

“They are looking for general service recruits, apprentices and cadets and I strongly encourage young men and women in Clare to consider this exciting opportunity. 

“There is no greater honour than to serve your country, and for many young people this recruitment drive could be the start of a fantastic career, with first class training, and opportunities for travel and personal fulfilment.

“I am really pleased that this year’s recruitment drive is focused on diversity, and in particular the need for increased participation from women and the different ethnic groups and nationals in our country’s Defence Forces. Minister Kehoe is overseeing a welcoming and engaging workplace environment for all in the Defence Forces, irrespective of gender, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation. 

“The recruitment drive is part of the Government’s commitment to maintaining the strength level of the Defence Forces, incorporating the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, at 9,500 personnel.

An Irish Air Corps CASA CN-235 Maritime Patrol and Security Aircraft – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

“In 2016 recruitment to the Defence Forces reached a record high with an intake of 690 personnel, so we are going even higher this year, giving more young people in Clare the opportunity to serve their country. I strongly encourage them to apply at”
Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.