Brigadier General Kieran Brennan originally from the parish of Conahy in Kilkenny and now resident in Kilkenny city has been appointed General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade. Brigadier General Brennan will take over from Brigadier General Derry Fitzgerald who has retired.
Brigadier General Brennan has 39 years service and a wide range of experience from his commissioning into the Infantry Corps in 1977. He has instructed in the Military College, Defence Forces Training centre, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare and has served as Battalion Commander of the Third Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny. His most recent appointment was Director of Human Resource Management for the Defence Forces.
Brigadier Generl Brennan has extensive overseas experience. He has served twice with United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1982 and 1997. He served as Company Commander with the 28th Infantry Group as part of a KFOR Multinational Battalion in Kosovo in 2004. In 2008 Brigadier General Brennan commanded the 98th Infantry Battalion with the EUFOR Mission in Chad, and in 2010 he served as Deputy Military Advisor at the Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna.
Brigadier General Kieran Brennan is a native of Jenkinstown. A former student of St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny he hails from a strong GAA family and has played hurling for Kilkenny at all levels. He won two All-Ireland senior hurling medals in 1982 and 1983, and was a GAA All Star in 1984. He is married to Maria and they have three children. Their daughter Karen is a national school teacher, and their sons Kieran and Shane, are a captain and lieutenant respectively in the Third Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny.
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