Routine Orders

The Association will use the Routine Orders (RO's) section to keep important documents such as the 5th Bn Association Constitution available to all members. We also plan to develop the RO section and utilise it to inform members of upcoming events.


Download 5th Battalion Association Constitution




The Association will be represented at the following events in 2014, timings to be confirmed. Please note that only those who have purchased a uniform will be allowed to represent the Association.

As yet we do not know how many will be allowed to attend so for those who have purchased a uniform and want to attend any of the events listed below, please check with any of the Committee or email as we do not want more then the alloted numbers turning up each event.


Sunday 20 April  - 1916 Risiny Anniversary at GPO Dublin

Wed 07 May  - 1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill Dublin.

Sun 11 May  - National Famine Memorial at Stokestown Co Roscommon.

Sun 13 July - National Day of Commemoration at Royal Hospitam Kilmainham.

19-23 July - Ceremonial Guard at Merrion Square Memorial Dublin.

Tue 02 Sept - Veterans Day at DFTC Curragh Camp Co Kildare.


Association Uniform

The Asociation uniform consists of a blue blazer (with the Association Crest embroidered on the brest pocket), Grey Slacks, White Shirt, Association Tie and black Beret with 5 Bn Flash as a cap badge

The Association uniform is supplied by one of Dublin's largest menswear fashion chains with six stores throughout the city.

The Association Uniform can only be purchase from this supplier and includes Blazer with crest on brest pocket, Grey slacks White Shirt (Good Quality) and Association Tie at a cost of €249. All items except the shirt must be purchased from the supplier, for those who do not wish to purchase the shirt the cost would be €219

If you wish to purchase a uniform please email for details of the supplier. The Association need to know which members purchase a uniform so we know who can attend events on behalf of the Association.


 The Committee has blank application forms for replacement service and UN medals. Anyone wishing to get replacement medals please contact us via the contact us page and we will get one to you.


‚ÄčThe death has occurred of Joe SCANLON
Carnlough Road, Cabra West, Dublin / Finglas, Dublin

Scanlon (Dublin) 28th March 2014 Late of Carnlough Road, Cabra West and formerly of Finglas, peacefully after a short illness surrounded by his loving family in the Mater Hospital, Joe, will be sadly missed by his loving wife Joyce, daughters Jessica and Laura and son James. Deeply regretted by his devoted mother Chrissie, sisters Elizabeth, Christine and Connie, brothers Anthony and Martin, extended family friends and neighbours. Also at this time we remember Joe’s late Dad Joseph.

May he rest in peace

Reposing at Massey Bros Funeral Home, 88A New Cabra Road on Monday. Removal on Monday evening from funeral home to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road arriving at 5.20 o' clock for 5.30 o' clock service. Funeral on Tuesday after 10 o' clock Funeral Mass to Glasnevin Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to The Irish Cancer Society. All enquiries to Massey Bros Cabra 01 8389774

The thoughts of every member of the Association are with Joe's family at this sad time. May he Rest In Peace.



The last serving Sgt Maj of the 5 Inf Bn is retiring in June 2014.

A Stand Down Parade will be held in McKee Bks at 14.30 on Fri 13 June 2014 in his honour.

Members of the 5th Battalion Association who have uniforms are requested to attend in Uniform, I am not sure if we will be allowed to parade at this time but please be prepared to do so just in case. 


The Association will be presented with a new Colour/Pennant at the SGM on Sat morning.

The Colour/Penant will be paraded on the square during the Annual Deceased Members Mass and placed on the alter during Mass.

The SGM will commence at 20.30 sharp and end at 11.15 sharp.

The ceremony on the square will commence at 11.20 with the main body forming up outside the dining complex.

Could all Association members who have a uniform and is attending be in Bks by 0915 for a brief as we want to have as many involved as soon as possible.

Hope to see the usual good turn out.


The Committee met last Fri to plan what to do in 2015. We feel we would need to take on some volunteers to help the Social Committee as there are potentially so many events we can attend and also we would hope to organise some trips in 2015. We are looking for 3 members to give us some of their time to help plan the events and possible trips to historical places in 2015. If it is over subscribed 3 will be selected and those who are will need to have some time on their hands.

The Association has been asked to supply 6 members in Uniform for the "Maynnooth 15" annual parade held every Ester Monday in Maynooth, we already have 3 so we are looking for 3 more, unfortunately 6 is all we have to provide and it will be the first outing under out new Association Colors.

Anyone interested email at the Association email address.


Ok folks the Association is proposing to run a Social night on Sat 12 Sept if we can get enough who want to attend one. In accordance with our Constitution it will have to be self financing so there will be a charge. At the moment we are not sure as planning is at a very early stage and no venue has been set but a charge of maybe €10 per person or 2 for €15 for you and your partner is been looked at which will include food and music. 
At this stage we are throwing it out there to see if it's viable to run one, if there is very little reply it will be knocked on the head but it is hoped that enough people will want to get together to relive old times and enjoy a night of music and craic at the same time.
We are also looking at a days sea fishing, a day at a civilian shooting range and of course there is another Golf outing on Thurs 25 June in Elm Green, anyone interested please contact Christy at 087 7099506
or Jimmy at 08 52415287 as soon as possible to get your name on the card Same price as last time so get cracking with your name or you might loose out.

Those wishing to attend the social night please use the "Contact us" link on the website or PM J. Mullally on Facebook.


Ok folks The Defence Forces have brought out what they call The Veterans Friday Club where those who have retired or left the DF for what ever reason can visit any Military Establishment on the last Friday of every month (next one is 29 June 2015) from 11.00 to 12.30 for Tea or Coffee and a chat. Please see the 5 Inf Bn Facebook page for the Official Poster.

You don't even have to go to your old Barracks, you can go to the nearset one to your home.

There is also a facility for those who served 21 years or more to get a DF ID  card for Retired veterans, this is a plastic card with your photo and details printed on it and is similar to what is issued to serving personnel, to avail of this you need to contact Area Records and make an appointment and they will look after you.

If you have an hour spare on the last Friday of every month why not visit and have a coffee, meet old friends and make new ones.



It is proposed to hold Annual General Meeting 2015 on Sat 07 Nov.  In the Auditorium, Dining Complex, McKee Bks pending permission of OC McKee Bks.


Only members of the Association may attend and a current list of members will be placed on the Main Gate McKee Bks to enforce this. If you are not a member and wish to join the Association and attend the A.G.M. will do our best to facilitate you by giving you an application form to join the Association and on completion of the form you will be allowed to attend the Meeting.

Please note a new committee will be elected in accordance with the Constitution (Nomination paper below this notice)

We hope again by kind permission of OC McKee Bks to have the facilities of the NCO’s Mess available for refreshments for a limited time only.

As with any function held in a Military Barracks we would ask that you respect and obey any instructions giving by the following during the day,

The Committee,

Military Personnel on Duty.

NCO’s Mess Staff

An agenda is been prepared and will be posted on this forum 14 days in advance of the AGM.








I _____________________________ ASSOC NUMBER ______________ HEREBBY NOMINATE




SIGNED ________________________________


I _____________________________ ASSOC NUMBER ______________  CONSENT TO NOMINATION FOR ELECTION TO COMMITTEE OF 5 INFANTRY BATTALION ASSOCIATION ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.



Please print and fill in and post to,

5 Inf Bn Association,

C/O NCO's Mess,

McKee Barracks,

Dublin 7.


The Association's A.G.M is been held in the Auditorium, Dining Complex, McKee Barracks on the morning of 07 November 2015. Our Annual Mass for deceased members will be held following the A.G.M.

Timings for both events are as follows,


10.15 Hrs Registration at Auditorium, Dining Complex.

10.30 hrs A.G.M Commences.

11.25 hrs Fall in on Markers

11.35 hrs Wreath laid jointly by Chairman and President

11.36 hrs Minute silence followed by a Lament ( Lone piper )

11.51 hrs Square ceremony ends.

11.53 hrs March to church

12.00 hrs Requiem mass, Church of The Most Holy Rosary 
(If A.G.M. over runs this ceremony will be held after Mass)


1. Adoption of Agenda

2. Chairman's Address/Annual Report

3. Minutes of A.G.M. 2014.

4. Finance Report.

5. Affiliation to other Organisations.

6. Elections

7. Any Other Business



AGM 2016 and Annual Deceased Members Mass will be held in McKee Bks on Sat 05 November 2016

AGM will be held at 10.30 followed by Wreath Laying Ceremony on the Square followed by Mass at 12.00

A new committee will have to be elected in acordance with the Constitution, those wish to put their names forward should do so by emailing their nomination through the "Contact me" section on the web page. Nominees must state in writing if they can't attend the AGM or give verbal acceptance of the nomination, if neither is forwarded the nomination will be deemed invalid.

Provisional timings are as folows.

Regsteration for AGN 10.15 - 10.30

AGM 10.30 sharp.

11.15  Markers

11.30 Wreath Laying Ceremony (Members may lay wreath at their own expense after the official ceremony)

12.00 Mass.

13.00 Refreshments in NCO's Mess followed by music

Up to date timings and agenda will be posted here and on the Bn Facebook no later then 15 days prion to the event.


Notice of A.G.M. and Annual Mass for Deceased Members 2016

AGM 2016 and Annual Mass for Deceased members will be held on Sat 05 Nov 2016

In accordance with the Constitution the old Committee will be standing down and a new Committee has to be elected

Members may nominate another member for election on nomination paped below, please note nominee has to accept nomination or the nomination paper will be invalid. Nominations may be made from the floor on th day but the nominee has to be present and accept the nomination.








I _____________________________ ASSOC NUMBER ______________ HEREBBY NOMINATE




SIGNED ________________________________


I _____________________________ ASSOC NUMBER ______________  CONSENT TO NOMINATION FOR ELECTION TO COMMITTEE OF 5 INFANTRY BATTALION ASSOCIATION ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.



Please print and fill in and post to,

5 Inf Bn Association,

C/O NCO's Mess,

McKee Barracks,

Dublin 7.

At the comclusion of the AGM at 11.15 members will be invited to parade on the Square for a wreath laying ceremony, this year members may lay their own wreath at their own wxpwnse after the official one, there will be a  public address system and liason officer to show them when and where to lay wreaths.The main body will then march to the Church for Mass at 12.00hrs

Light refreshments will be served in NCO's Mess after Mass.

As always please remember you will be in a military establishment and good behaviour is expected gtom all attending.


The new Committee met last night to elect the officers for the next two years as follows

R. Masterson - Chairman

G. Hanly  - Vice Chairman

J. Mullally - Secretary

P. Downes - Assist Secretary

J. Hanly - Treasures

P. Brien - Assist Treasurer

C. Mahon - Ceremonial Officer.

The Committee would like to thank E. Doyle and S. O'Reilly for their hars worg over the last 4 years and wish them well in the future.


Ok Folks I have been tidying up applications to get access to the members and have been deleting those who weren't members and didn't reply to my email and I think I may have deleted some who are already members by mistake so if anybody who had acces to the members page can't get in please submit an application through the website and I'll approve them straight away. Sorry for any inconvenience.


At the Feb monthly meeting the Social Committee proposed the following events to end of June, further events will be held between June and AGM on Sat 04 Nov 2017

Date           Event
24 Feb       Coffee Morning McKee Bks 10.30
10 Mar       Stand Down Parade BSM Lamb. 14.00hrs Cathal Brugha Bks
31 Mar       Coffee Morning McKee. To include walking tour if you so wish.
28 Apr       Coffee Morning C/Brugha to include Tour of Museum and Bks.
05 May      Golf Outing Venue and time TBA
23 June     Race Night McKee Bks pending permission of Bk OC

All dates and timings are subject to change and verification

The Committee are working on other events such as a day on a shooting range and a social night.
18 Apr is 20th anniversary of the March out of Collins Bks and an re-enactment ceremony is been organised for 08 Apr subject to permission of National Museum. 18 Apr is also the 37th Anniversary of the killing of Derek Smalhorne and Tom Barrett and we hope many of their comrades past and present will be at Derek's  Graveside to remember him, More info nearer the time.
Association fees are still falling behind and you are reminded that only paid members can avail of events organised and run by the Association. Fees can be paid to any committee member, by post to the Association C/O NCO's Mess McKee Bks (Cheque, Bank Draft or Postal Orders only please) or through the Assoc Bank Account.
Those wishing to attend the Race night MUST submit names and addresses to be allowed into Bks. You do not need to submit a list for the Coffee mornings


Regarding the 20 Anniversary ceremony of 5 Inf Bn Marsching out of Collins Bks for the last time a meeting was held with reps from the National Museum regarding an re-enactment  and I can confirm that the event will be held on Sat 08 April 2017 at 12.00hrs. A full ceremonial order is been prepared and timing will be posted here when it's completed. It is intended to have refreshments in McKee Bks at the conclusion of the ceremony pending permission of OC McKee Bks and we will need a list of personnel attending along with their home addresses for the Gate Policeman McKee Bks and also to gauge what food is needed on the day, Names can be submitted up to 12.30hrs on 16 March 2017, Names cannot be added to the list after this time as we have to submit the list a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. Association members will automatically have their names on the list but non Association members will have to submit names and addresses of those attending. Dress for Association members will be Association Uniform or neat dress with medals, Non Association members neat dress with medals. Timings for the event will be posted when the Ceremonial Order is completed.


This years Miitary Guard that the Association will be laying a wreath is been held on 29 July at the Defence Forces National Monument, Merrion Sq.

This event is usually held at 12.00hrs over 5 Saturdays but on the 29 July it will be held at 11.00hrs due to a civic event in the area. 

All memners are encouraged to attend the event, for those who have a uniform please wear it with medals, for those who only have a rain jacket please wear it with a beret if you have one. 2 Ing Bn Association and MP Association will also be laying a wreath on the day.

Those attending please be there at 1030 so the group can be fell in for the ceremoney.


2019 was a busy year for the Association, it attanded many events representing the 5 Inf Bn, the most prestegious was probabely the 100th anniversary of World Veterans Day which was held in New York in Nov of this year. The Association was well represented and the 5 Inf Bn colours was paraded on 5th Avenue and many other places visited by the lads.

The Committee on behalf of the Association hopes all those who part of the best Battalion in the Defence Forces had a great Christmas and wishes you all a very happy and properous 2020.

Our annual membership fees has been increased from €10 to €15 starting 2020. Fees can be paid directly into the Association bank account (Please make sure your name is associated with the lodgement so the Treasurer can mark you paid Account details are BIC AIBKIE2D. IBAN IE64AAIBK93228019921027. AIB 93 Cabra Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Sort Code 93-22-80. Account No 19921027. Only 60members from 270 paid their Membership fees  fees this year and while the Association doesn't need a big fat account we find ourswlves attending members funerals and as a mark of respect we always but a wreath and these cost money and as our members are now mostly senior citizens funerals are becoming more frequent as each year passes so please pay your fees so we can continue to respect those who may pass in 2020.











5th Infantry Battalion Association

  • C/O NCO's Mess ,
    Mckee Barracks ,
    Blackhorse Ave, Dublin 7
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