Irish United Nations Veterans Association

IUNVA | Honouring | Caring  | Remembering

Secretary-General Deeply Saddened by Death of United Nations Personnel in Gaza

A statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

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Public Service Agreement 2024-2026

This will will cover the period 1 Jan 2024 to 30 Jun 2026. Note the increases in pay for serving public servants will apply to pensions.

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We honour our fallen comrades by holding Annual Wreath Laying Ceremonies at our Irish United Nations Veterans Association Memorials and gravesides. Events are held annually throughout the country by our Posts.
We have a number of burial plots countrywide for members who fall on hard times. Details and requests can be made to National Welfare Officer of any Post Welfare Officer.


To advise and assist our veterans, who have been adversely affected physically or mentally as a result of their UN Service. Welfare Officers are available countrywide to provide assistance for those who may have difficulties in coping with burials, domestic issues and accomm-odation needs. We have a number of Drop-in Centres, some with accommodation countrywide where members and non-members are welcome to visit for advice, tea, coffee, comradeship and a friendly chat.


To ensure the memory of those who gave their lives, service and sacrifice in the cause of peace on United Nations Service is not forgotten. To remember deceased ex-members of the Defence Forces who served at home and overseas and members of an Gardai.
We continue to erect IUNVA Memorials and secure graves countrywide.

MiSsion Statement

The main objects or charitable purposes for which the Association is established are:

  • The prevention or relief of poverty and economic hardship and the provision of financial relief in cases of necessity or distress to members of IUNVA and their dependants within capabilities.

  • To provide financial and other supports to veterans whose lives have been adversely affected as a result of service with the United Nations.

  • Integration of disadvantaged veterans and promotion of their full participation in society.

  • To promote, for the public benefit, the commemoration of Irish citizens who have died in the cause of world peace while on service with the United Nations or on United Nations mandated missions or operations.

Subsidiary Objects

As objects incidental and ancillary to the attainment of its Main Objects, the Association shall have the following subsidiary objects:

  • To promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the history of Irish participation in United Nations peace support missions and operations.

  • To support, where requested, training, education and awareness within the Defence Forces and other organisations regarding overseas service and the history of Irish participation – particularly where lessons were identified or major challenges overcome – and to promote the remembrance of lost comrades through membership of the Association.

  • To support commemorative and ceremonial events organised by the State, Óglaigh na hÉireann (The Defence Forces), An Garda Síochána, local authorities, local communities and other national veterans’ associations.

  • To assist with academic research into Irish involvement in United Nations and United Nations mandated peace support operations and missions, and the collection and collation of archival material in this regard.

  • To provide and coordinate health education courses, advice and counselling for members.

  • To provide a network of support and social interaction through the organisation of social, recreational, cultural and sporting activities for members and their dependants.

  • To establish, maintain and encourage contact with likeminded kindred associations and agencies in Ireland and in other countries.

  • To engage and advocate with central government, local government, state and voluntary agencies in advancing the interests of the Association, its members and families of members.


Welcome to the Irish United Nations Veterans Association

Through these pages we hope you will gain an insight about IUNVA and learn what the association stands for and what we are about.

There are some interesting articles in the Blog section to read.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join IUNVA?

Membership is open to personnel both serving and retired members of the Defence Forces or Foreign Armies, the Gardai and Civilians who served with UN Field Service and have satisfactorily participated in a United Nations Operation or a United Nations mandated operation. Associate membership is also available.

How much is the subscription?

Subscription is €24.00 paid annually posts may have their own post subscription too, this may vary from post to post.

Is IUNVA only for retired personnel?

No, serving personnel may become members of IUNVA and participate fully in it’s activities.

is there any other way to support IUNVA?

Yes, there are a number of ways to support us, You can become a subscriber  Any member of the public, serving or retired members of Defence Forces (with or without UN Service) and Reserve Defence Forces may subscribe to our Association with a payment of €24.00 per annum. through Donate Button on this site  or by payment to Posts or National Treasurer. Serving members of the PDF may subscribe by deduction of €2 per month from payroll and retired members can have €2 per month deducted from their pension. All forms available from posts.  All subscribers will be acknowledged and Irish United Nations Veterans Association – Veterans Pin issued. 

We also have a donatation system, see the Donate Button at the bottom of the page.

How do I contact the nearest Post to me?

In the Links page you will see a listing of all IUNVA posts in the country. Alternatively,  you can contact us by clicking the button below which will bring you to the contact page

Whether you’re curious about who we are! what we do? we’re here to answer any questions.

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