A salute to Ea­mon’s ser­vice


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

JUST over five years on from his pass­ing and 60 years on from en­list­ing in the De­fence Forces, Ea­mon Buck­ley re­ceived a tribute wor­thy of his 22 years’ ser­vice at a Mil­i­tary Cer­e­mo­nial Mass in St Teresa’s Church, Lisselton.

After en­list­ing in Fe­bru­ary 1956 in his late teens, he took part in his first tour of duty with the 34th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion United Na­tions Op­er­a­tion in the Congo.

Fol­low­ing that, he served four more times with the United Na­tions Force in Cyprus, and his fi­nal over­seas mis­sion was with the 26th In­fantry Group with the United Na­tions Emer­gency Force in the Si­nai be­fore his re­tire­ment in Fe­bru­ary 1978.

His last unit was the Third Gar­ri­son Sup­ply and Trans­port, Collins Bar­racks, Cork.

Sec­re­tary of Post Two of the Ir­ish United Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (IUNVA) John Wade ex­plained that the group learned in re­cent weeks that the former De­fence Forces mem­ber had passed away in Novem­ber 2013 with­out any of his com­rades know­ing. He was cre­mated and his ashes scat­tered on Lacca, a hill­side over­look­ing Lisselton, and there was no mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tion present fol­low­ing his pass­ing.

Upon learn­ing of this, Post Two set about pro­vid­ing a tribute wor­thy of Mr Buck­ley, and this cul­mi­nated in last Sun­day’s events, Mr Wade ex­plained.

“It was at­tended by mem­bers of Post Two and Cork-based Post Five of the IUNVA, as well as the ONE, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Na­tional Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women,” Mr Wade ex­plained.

“A UN flag and beret were brought to the al­tar, while a piper from Kil­lor­glin Pipe Band was present for the oc­ca­sion.

“We also sourced a pho­to­graph of Ea­mon, and a Colour Party also took place on the day, which fea­tured the na­tional, Mun­ster and a flags, a Post Two flag, a ONE flag, and the Fuch­sia Flag, which acts as a re­mem­brance em­blem.”

Com­ing as it did five years after Mr Buck­ley passed away in Lis­towel, as Mr Buck­ley told The Ker­ry­man, the Post Two group was de­lighted with the day’s com­mem­o­ra­tions, which were pre­ceded by post-event re­fresh­ments in Tomáisín’s, Lisselton.

There, Mr Wade was able to gather some feed­back on the oc­ca­sion and found it to be well re­ceived, not least by rel­a­tives of Mr Buck­ley’s.

Hav­ing is­sued a call­out for serv­ing and past per­son­nel, Mr Wade was also im­pressed with the re­sponse on that front.

“I think the whole thing went very well,” he said. “We were de­lighted to have so many ser­vice peo­ple in­volved, and his rel­a­tives were par­tic­u­larly happy with how it all went.

“Hav­ing heard there was no mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tion present fol­low­ing his death five years ago this month, it was a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion for us all on Sun­day last.

Photo by Joe Han­ley.

Mem­bers of Post2 and 32 IUNVA,ONE and E-com­pany 12th Bat­tal­ion at the Cer­e­mo­nial Mass for the late Ea­mon Buck­ley at St Teresa Church.

Photo by Joe Han­ley

Rel­a­tives of the late Ea­mon Buck­ley who at­tended the Cer­e­mo­nial Mass and af­ter­wards met with mem­bers of IUNVA and friends.

Photo by Joe Han­ley

Bear­ing the flags at the Mil­i­tary Cer­e­mo­nial Mass for the late Ea­mon Buck­ley in St Teresa’s Church, Bal­ly­donogue, were mem­bers of Post 2 Kerry IUNVA: John Wade (Sec­re­tary), John O’Ma­hony, Bobby Woods, Con Roche, Mar­tin Hunt and Michael Guerin (ONE).

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