Bray People - - Baptism Special -

FEW PEO­PLE can have con­trib­uted more to Ire­land’s de­fence forces than the Doyle fam­ily of Rath­new, with seven broth­ers serv­ing in the Re­serve De­fence Forces and one in the Per­ma­nent De­fence Forces.

To mark the amaz­ing Doyle fam­ily feat, a plaque in their hon­our to mark a com­bined ser­vice of 212 years was un­veiled at Cathal Brugha Bar­racks in Dublin.

Michael, Robert, Gerry, Colum, Pa­trick, Paul and Timmy have all served with C Com­pany 62 Bat­tal­ion, Mean­while Matt Doyle has been in the Per­ma­nent De­fence Forces for 42 years of ser­vice, con­sid­ered by many to be a record in Ire­land.

The un­veil­ing of the plaque took place be­fore Cap­tain Timmy Doyle’s re­tire­ment so as the re­main­ing Doyle mem­ber of the Re­serve De­fence Forces, he was given the hon­our of un­veil­ing the fam­ily trib­ute.

Un­for­tu­nately Lieu­tenant Michael Doyle and CQMS Gerry Doyle are both de­ceased, and every­one present at the cer­e­mony took some time out to say a prayer for both men.

The Doyle fam­ily can prob­a­bly blame their fa­ther Mickey for their army blood as the 84 year old was a mem­ber of the Lo­cal De­fence Forces be­fore it be­came the FCA and then Re­serve De­fence Forces.

ABOVE - Natasha Doyle with the plaque un­veiled in mem­ory of her dad Gerry and his broth­ers in the Gar­ri­son Church in Cathal Bru­agh Bar­racks. BE­LOW - Cap­tain Timmy Doyle lays a wreath to com­mem­o­rate his fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion to the RDF.

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