Council given a taste of army life during special visit to James Stephen’s Barracks
KILKENNY County Council recently paid a visit to James Stephen’s Army Barracks in recognition of the major role the Defence Forces’ base contributes to the social and economic life of the city.
The visiting group, which consisted of the Cathaoirleach Cllr Eamonn Aylward plus elected council members and officials, were given a special Guard of Honour on their arrival at the barracks.
Lt. Col. Murt Larkin gave a detailed breakdown of the 500-strong personnel stationed at the Barracks, their equipment and capabilities to provide assistance to the public in times of need.
A council spokesperson said: “The purpose of the visit is to build on the excellent relationships that currently exist between the Defence Forces and Kilkenny County Council and to provide Lt. Col. Larkin with a formal opportunity to brief the council on the capabilities and current activities of the 3 Inf Bn.”
Cllr Aylward expressed his appreciation to Lt. Col. Larkin and his team and said he looked forward “to providing continued assistance into the future and maintaining the relationships built up over the years between James Stephens Army Barracks and Kilkenny County Council”.