|My Granddad (Frank Weldon, 31 High
Street, survived by my grandmother, Kathleen) was with an
army Transport company based in Gormanston at the time but
he never mentioned the LDF unit in the town. I was wondering
that if indeed they were a Balbriggan unit, were they based
out of gormanston camp or was the barracks in the town?
How many were in the unit, were they infantry?
I have contacted the Dept Of Defence but as of yet Ive had
Also Id like to confirm for you that my unit which marches
almost every year in Balbriggan St Patricks Day parade,
will march in this years.
Id like to inform you a little about the army unit that
marches in town each St.Patricks day.
My unit is A Company of the 65th Infantry Battalion (Reseve
Defence Forces) based in Swords.
We are a reserve for the 5th Battalion Permanent Defence
Forces based in McKee Barracks. (note: The 6 in 65th denotes
a reserve unit, the 5 in the 65th denotes our parent regular
We have a number of members from Balbriggan including myself
and to anyone on the odd Saturday morning, who strolls Gormanston
beach to be disturbed by the sounds of gunfire, red flags
and waving soldiers, thats sometimes us practicing on the
Last year some balbriggan lads including myself were selected
as part of the Presidential Guard of Honor in front of the
GPO at the Easter Rising 90th commemoration.I have some
photos somewhere, it was a big moment for me and the rest
of the lads. We put in weeks of tiring work getting ready,
rehearsing in a mock up of O Connell street in the Curragh,
cleaning and polising uniforms and rifles, etc and were
inspected on the day by the Taoiseach and President McAleese
(who is also the de facto head of the irish army) before
being marched off O'Connell street to cheering crowds. Not
many people knew that it was a reserve unit and not full
time soldiers. The FCA (now the RDF) has come a long way.
We always look forward to marching through the town on Paddys
day too so keep your eye out for us, there were very few
of us last year as we were also asked to march in the Dublin
City parade which was a shame.We're back this year and I
get the impression that a lot of locals think were regular
army recruits from Gormanston camp but I think its high
time that they knew we are local lads and girls (balrothery,
swords, skerries, rush, lusk, naul and balbriggan).
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this email, I
hope that you may be able to answer some of my questions
and that this information about the unknown soldiers on
Paddys day might find its way into the public domain on
Balbriggan.net in some form or other, if you require any
further information, please feel free to contact me.
Keep up the good work,
Ross Mc Gee
Tara Court + Chieftains Way