Country: Ireland Region: Westmeath
Latitude: 53° 25' 37" N Longitude: -8° 3' 9" E
Area use / Military Branches: 2nd Bde
Athlone. Former 4 Western Brigade was responsible for military operations in the West of the country. Its area of responsibility includes the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. 4 Brigade Headquarters was located in Costume Barracks, Athlone.
Within the Western Brigades area of responsibility situated vital installations;
- Knock airport
The Brigade had at times assisted the Civil powers, by providing security at these locations when requested.
As of 2013 the 4 W Bde disbanded and is now reassigned as the 2nd Brigade.In Athlone the 6th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Engineer Field Company and the newly formed 2nd Artillery Regiment will continue this town’s link with the military.
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