BAND OF BROTHERS
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.