Dermot Earley dies aged 62



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Now confirmed. Just gone on RTE.

RTÉ News: Dermot Earley dies aged 62

The former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, has died.

A winner of two GAA All-Stars, he was 62 and had been ill for several months.

He retired early from the Defence Forces earlier this month, although he was not due to stand down until next spring.
 
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Statement by the Defence Forces.....

It is with great sadness that the Defence Forces have learned of the death
of former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, at the age of
62.

General Earley, who retired from the Defence Forces on the 13th of June, had
been ill for a number of months.

Reacting to news of General Earley’s death, the Chief of Staff of the
Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Sean McCann said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Lieutenant General
Dermot Earley. He was a man of exceptional personal qualities, who made an
enormous contribution to the Defence Forces throughout his 44 years of
distinguished service. He was a hugely talented officer, whose personal
charm and charisma, together with his extraordinary leadership skills, won
him universal respect and admiration throughout the organisation and the
entire country. He was an officer of keen intellect who focussed his many
talents and abilities on modernising the Defence Forces and on enhancing the
reputation of the organisation both at home and overseas. An iconic figure,
General Earley represented the Defence Forces, both nationally and
internationally, in a manner that instilled pride and confidence in those he
commanded. General Earley was a gifted sportsman and a man of unique
interpersonal skills, whose conduct was the very essence of inspirational
leadership. On behalf of the Defence Forces, I would like to extend my
deepest condolences to his wife Mary and to his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh
a ainm dílis.”

As Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Earley oversaw the deployment of the significant
Defence Forces contribution to the Chad Mission. This deployment
demonstrated increased force projection and logistics capability by the
Defence Forces and advanced the Defence Forces ability to operate in adverse
environments. He also directed key initiatives in equipment purchases,
personnel practices and education, positioning the Defence Forces as an
organisation where best practice and modern technologies are accepted as the
norm and where personnel are key enablers to all Defence Force capabilities.

In April, General Earley was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
with Honour by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. The citation with the medal read:
"For outstanding qualities of leadership, resource and devotion to duty as
Chief of Staff in successfully commanding the Defence Forces for his period
as Chief of Staff and for his distinguished service with the United
Nations."

Lt Gen Earley was born in 1948 and joined the Defence Forces as a Cadet in
1965. He was commissioned into the Infantry Corps in 1967 and appointed a
Platoon Commander in the Recruit Training Depot at the Curragh. He
specialised in Physical Training and Education and was appointed an
Instructor at the Army School of Physical Culture (ASPC) in 1969. He
completed a specialist Diploma in physical education at St. Mary’s College
Twickenham in 1971.

He held a variety of operational and administrative appointments in the
Curragh Command and completed the First Ranger Course in the Defence Forces,
which led to the establishment of Special Operations Training and the
formation of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW).

Following a period as Assistant Command Adjutant at Curragh Command
Headquarters (HQ), General Earley was appointed School Commandant of the
ASPC. From 1983 to 1987 he worked as a Staff Officer for overseas operations
and later current operations in the Chief of Staff’s Branch at Defence
Forces Headquarters (DFHQ). On return from an overseas posting in 1991 he
was appointed an instructor at the Command & Staff School of the Military
College and in 1994/95 he helped establish the United Nations Training
School Ireland (UNTSI) in the Military College.

On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1995, he commanded the 27th Infantry
Battalion headquartered in Dundalk, and held further appointments as Officer
In Charge (OIC) of Conciliation and Arbitration and OIC Public Relations at
DFHQ. He was promoted to Colonel in 2001 and held the appointments of
Director of Administration and Director of Personnel before been selected
for promotion to Brigadier General in December 2003. General Earley was
promoted to Major General in Feb 2004 and was appointed Deputy Chief of
Staff (Support). He was appointed Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces by
the Government on 28 June 2007.

Lt Gen Earley had extensive overseas service. He served with the United
Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East from 1975
to 1977, and was Adjutant of the 52 Infantry Battalion with the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1982/83. From 1987 to 1991 he
served as the Deputy Military Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN at
UN Headquarters in New York. Lt Gen Earley commanded the 81st Infantry
Battalion with UNIFIL in 1997.

Lt Gen Earley played Gaelic football for Roscommon for twenty years (1965 –
1985) and was the holder of five Connaught Senior medals, 2 All Star Awards,
1 National League medal (1979), 1 U21 All Ireland Medal (1966) An All
Ireland runners up Medal (1980) and 2 Railway Cup Medals.

He is survived by his mother Kitty, his wife Mary, his Sons David, Dermot
and Conor, his daughters Paula, Ann-Marie and Noelle, his daughter-in-law
Sinead, his grandson Oisin and by his brothers Paul and Peter, and his
sisters Margaret and Denise.

A military funeral will take place for Lt Gen Earley, the details of which
will be announced later.
 

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Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé. I hope the false posters of yesterday who wrongly put up this are dealt with.
 

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RIP. A legendary Rossie and a thorough gentleman. I treasure the shirt he wore in 1980 Connacht Final.
 

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A gentleman to the core.

May he rest in peace.
 

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Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé. I hope the false posters of yesterday who wrongly put up this are dealt with.
AYE...and those who posted it today without a link!

All who knew Dermot knew how sick he was...seems like there were some who HAD to be first to announce...POOR SHOW!!
 

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the greatest footballer never to win an all-ireland medal

RIP
 

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Flags being lowered at barracks around the country now.
 

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Former Army chief of staff Dermot Earley dies aged 62

RTÉ News: Dermot Earley dies aged 62
The former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, has died.

A winner of two GAA All-Stars, he was 62 and had been ill for several months.

He retired early from the Defence Forces earlier this month, although he was not due to stand down until next spring.

cYp
 

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There is another thread on this already,"Dermot Earley dies aged 62",in which a lot of people posted. Why do we need another one . Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé.
Does it bother you that much? Didn't see any thread yesterday, though I read it elsewhere, somebody got their wires crossed clearly. Sadly their error was in timing, the fact itself wasn't that long in coming to pass.

In relation to Dermot Earley, it is sad to see him go so soon and his illness take him so quickly, a distinguished servant of the state, a magnificent footballer, and a gentleman too. My sympathies to all connected to him, RIP.
 

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In relation to Dermot Earley, it is sad to see him go so soon and his illness take him so quickly, a distinguished servant of the state, a magnificent footballer, and a gentleman too. My sympathies to all connected to him, RIP.
+10. went to school with his son's, didn't know the man personally but have never heard a bad word against him.

RIP
 

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There was footage of him on the RTE TV news giving a speech. He was telling the audience how they should prioritise their lives. It went something like this:

1. Your first priority should be your family.
2. Second, your job and what you devote your life to.
3. Your leisure time - you should never be idle.
4. Your religion. You have to have religion in your life.

I'm paraphrasing, but I think that was it.

Rest in peace and all that, but what a load of specious nonsense.
 

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I saw him play in Croke Park, Roscommon and Tuam over the years. What a legend. R.I.P.
 

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There was footage of him on the RTE TV news giving a speech. He was telling the audience how they should prioritise their lives. It went something like this:

1. Your first priority should be your family.
2. Second, your job and what you devote your life to.
3. Your leisure time - you should never be idle.
4. Your religion. You have to have religion in your life.

I'm paraphrasing, but I think that was it.

Rest in peace and all that, but what a load of specious nonsense.
Barring point 4, I can't see a lot wrong with that.
 

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Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé. I hope the false posters of yesterday who wrongly put up this are dealt with.
Perhaps they were confused as another Former Defence Forces Chief of Staff died earlier this week? Lt Gen Gerry O'Sullivan, who held the appointment from 1984 to 1986.
In any event the Loss of Dermot Earley is a huge blow to the Greater defence force family. It was only a few weeks ago that we saw his premature retirement, due to illness that had restricted his activity for a number of months. His previous health would have made people assume he would continue to live with his illness for many years.
How wrong we were.

A sad loss. The GAA describe him as the "greatest footballer who never won an All Ireland".
R.I.P
 


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