This Saturday 27th July will see a day of Remembrance and Celebration at Fort Dunree. The 24th Infantry Battalion was a unique Donegal Battalion of the F.C.A. Its roots go back to 1947 and the number of personnel that have served in the unit reach into all aspects of the people and life of Donegal.
The men and women who have served have many fond memories of summer camps, field days, guards of honour, shooting competitions and friends made for life. The 24th Battalion disbanded in 2005 with the formation of the Reserve Defence Force and was replaced by the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion.
Recently a group of former members got together to form a 24th Battalion Association with the objective of having some form of social gathering each year to remember the 24th and meet old friends and comrades.
All members of the Defence Forces who served at Fort Dunree or Lenan and their families are welcome to attend the various activities which will take place on the day.
The events will begin at 10.30am in the Saldanha Suite Fort Dunree.
There will be a talk by Col. Brian O’Reilly, a Director of Fort Dunree Military Museum. There will be an unveiling of a plaque in memory of the men who served in Fort Dunree and indeed all the Swilly Forts from 1938 onwards. The first of these would have come from the Coastal Defence Artillery, established to take responsibilty for the manning of fortifications following the handover of the Treaty ports in July 1938. The plaque will be unveiled by Dennis Horgan who was first stationed at Fort Dunree in 1941, now 93, the oldest surviving soldier to have served in Fort Dunree.