Kilkenny soldiers graduate to NCO rank of corporal

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Four Kilkenny soldiers have graduated as Junior Leaders in the Irish Defence Forces, qualified now to hold the Non Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal.

Four Kilkenny soldiers have graduated as Junior Leaders in the Irish Defence Forces, qualified now to hold the Non Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal.

They were among a number of soldiers who last Thursday took part in a passing out parade of the15th Potential NCOs course in Collins Barracks, Cork. The parade was the culmination of 20 challenging weeks of physical and academic training. The four are all part of the parent unit 3rd Infantry Battalion.

Pte Jonathan Walsh is in his 12th year of service and has served overseas with both the 95th Infantry Battalion UNMIL and the 105th. A competitive athlete, Pte Walsh is a gold medal winner in Bde Orienteering, and completed his first marathon in Dublin in 2011 in a time of 3:43.

He has a keen interest in body art, along with running, soccer, pool and darts. He is a close family man and tries to spend as much time with them as possible.

Pte Jason Ayton is in his eighth year of service, and has several other family members in the Defence Forces. Overseas, he served with the 98th Infantry Battalion EUFOR TChad.

Pte Ayton trained in 12th Battalion Clonmel and from there was posted to 3rd Battalion Kilkenny. He enjoys swimming, kayaking and scuba diving.

Pte Darren Delacey has 11 years’ service under his belt, and has served overseas with both the 95th Infantry Battalion UNMIL and the 105th Infantry Battalion UNIFIL.

He is married to his wife Noelle.

Pte Daniel Quinn is in his ninth year of service, and has been overseas with the 98th Infantry Battalion EUFOR TChad and 105th Infantry Battalion UNIFIL.

He has won 1 Bde GPMG competitions in 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as all-army GPMG competitions in 2010 and 2013, and an all-army gold medal in boxing. Pte Quinn is married to Imelda and they are expecting their first child this year.