Further Flag Furled

Just days after the ceremonial closure of two army bases in north Donegal, the flag has been finally furled on 200 years of military history in a midlands town.

Yesterday, the Irish tricolour was lowered at Connolly Barracks in Longford and the troops of the Fourth Cavalry Squadron departed for the last time.

It's the fourth military barracks to shut its doors in the past week alone following similar closures in Monaghan and Lifford and Letterkenny in Co Donegal as part of a cost-saving measure announced in the Budget last October.

Hundreds attended Mass in St Mel's Cathedral to mark the end of the Fourth Cavalry Squadron's presence in the town.

Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Colm O'Reilly told the congregation: "It has been a wonderful privilege to have an army of people who have integrated so well into life in our town."

However, there were no job losses in Longford with the 130 personnel moving to Custume Barracks in Athlone, Co Westmeath.


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