An Slua Muiri (now renamed the Naval Service Reserve) for over 40 Years did their Annual Training in Fort Camden, Crosshaven, Co.Cork.
There were 5 Companies of An Slua Muiri. Two in Dublin, One in Waterford, One Limerick and One in Cork. Annual Training was for two weeks
and you had a choice the last two weeks in July or the First two weeks in August'
Below is an account of two weeks training in July 1969.
When referring to Ranks in An Slua Muiri they are as follows:-
On Joining you are a
Next promotion is
Next is the Commissioned Officers:-
There is no Commander Rank in An Slua Muiri.
In the report below of Annual Camp in Fort Camden in July 1969 I am P/O Terry Cummins
Saturday 17th July
Our next stop was just outside Cashel as my Radiator starter to boil up so waited until it cooled down and added more water which solved anymore problems with overheating.
Our next stop was for a meal in the Little Chef Restaurant just beside the Rock of Cashel. Then we headed to Fort Camden arriving at 7pm.
After we had settled in Shay McCarthy, Jimmy Oliver, Matt Comiskey and my brother Austin Cummins, headed down to Buckley’s Pub in Crosshaven (To say Hello). We stayed until closing.
Sunday 20th July 1969
The following were the Officers and NCO’s at the meeting.
S/Lt Andy MacSharry
CPo Mick Bowman
P/O Terry Cummins
P/O Brendan Powell
S/Lt Mick Byrne
P/O Gerry Farrelly
P/O Shay Mccarthy
L/S Noel Hennessy
CPO Dick Larkin
P/O Tom Behan
P/O Don Kiely
P/O Mick McCarney
P/O L/S Cashman
P/O Matt Comiskey
P/O Albert farrell
L/S Kevin Cullen
L/S Mick O'Sullivan
Most of the above were present for the meeting in the Ships Office. Lt Morgan said that our Camp last Year 1968 was excellent but he wanted this Camp 1969 to be even better. The Welfare Officer S/Lt Pat Healy said he would like plenty of Sports arranged i.e. Sailing and Rowing Races, Football, Handball, Tug-of-War and of course our Dance in the GYM in Fort Camden.
I went for a sail until 1300hrs then went for dinner
As tonight was to see the first landing on the Moon I went into Carrigaline to see if I could hire a Television. I got one from Cogans in Carrigaline for £1 per week
Monday 21st July 1969
Tuesday 22nd July 1969
Wednesday 23rd July 1969
Today is workship Day when the whole Camp had to do a general cleanup of the Camp prior to the Officer Commandings Inspection
Thursday 24th July 1969
We were back to normal training in Fort Camden today and I had a Class all morning teaching, Tides, Bouys, Bouyage and plotting a course on Charts and general Chart work.
After Dinner, Brendan Powell, Shay McCarthy, Jimmy Oliver and myself spent the afternoon putting up Flags in the Gym getting it ready for our Dance tonight. We had already put up Posters in Crosshaven to attract all the nice Girls in Crosshaven to come to our Dance tonight 9 pm to 2 am and tickets at gate 5 shillings.
S/Lt Pat Healy the welfare Officer had told me on Monday that we had permission to hold the Dance unil 2am and I had arranged Insurance to cover the Civvies coming into the Fort. but S/Lt Healy said we now only had permission for the dance until Midnight. I told S/LT Healy that we had already advertised in Crosshaven that the Dance would end at 0200hrs. So S/Lt Healy said that is OK and we could carry on until 0200hrs
I was in Uniform down a the Main Gate into Camden at 9pm and the first Girls arrived at 0920pm. At 1030PM P/O Matt Comiskey relieved me and by that time the GYM was packed. I went up to check how things were going. I could hear the Dance Band we had hired playing away but also heard a sing song taking place in the Canteen. So everything was in full swing and going very well.
At approx 1230am the Duty Officer S/LT Mick Byne came along with the Camp Executive Officer Lt Mick Morgan and had a look in to see
how things were going which was going well and very orderly. The Duty Officer came back and said that Lt Morgan wants the Dance to end a 1am. Both P/O Jimmy Oliver
and myself argued with S/LT Byrne that we had advertised the dance would end at 2am and it would be unfair on those who paid in to end an hour earlier.
S/Lt Byrne said he would go and have another word with the Exec. Officer. He came back and said the Dance was to end at 1.30am and that was final. We kept up
our argument that it was unfair to end before 2am and this little argument went on until 1.50 am and the last dance was just announced. So we excused ourselves
so we could also have the last Dance which was a long number and the Dance ended at 5 minutes past 2am.
Friday 25th July 1969
Crew out Rowing
Saturday 26th July 1969|
Everyone was up bright and early as it was the Commanding Officers Inspection and everything had to be clean and Tidy and all had to be in Full No One Uniform
At 1130hrs Commander Murphy a Naval Service Commander (also called the HOCK)from the Naval Base arrived in the Camber aboard a Naval Service launch. All the NCO's were called to the Ships Office to meet Cmdr Murphy. He introduced himself and informed us he was the New O/C of An Slua Muiri (Naval Service Reserve) and was just finding his feet and said he welcomed any suggestions from the NCO's present as to how we could strengthen An Slua Muiri. Needless to say he got many suggestions and when we were finished he was only to happy to get away.
Sunday 27th July 1969|
Our Mass parade was at 0900hrs today and shortly after Mass the whole Camp went on a route March into Crosshaven. The March to Crosshaven was headed by S/Lt Andy MacSharry. My watch was on Work Ship today but I was able to get on the March
P/O Brendan Powell was the Duty P/O in Camp but somehow got hold of a small Dog and went around all Day with the Dog on a Lead
Monday 28th July 1969
Later that evening Jimmy Oliver, Mick Bowman and Paddy Maher went to Cork City to pick up the Trophies bought as prizes
for the various competitions we ran during our period on Camp in Fort Camden.
Tuesday 29th July 1968
Wednesday 30th July 1969
CPO John Ruddy on the Accordian and P/O Farrell Sings
|I wanted to be promoted to Chief Petty Officer but only made Chef Petty Officer|
Thursday 31st August 1969
I was Duty Petty Officer today so not much to report I spent most of the Day trying to get anopther NCO to releave me at Midnight as I was driving home to Dublin in the morning. However, I could not get anyone to step in for me and this was due to it being the last night of Camp everyone wanted to enjoy their last night in Fort Camden and Croshaven. As we knew when the men came back that night they would be in great spirits so I left a Quartmaster (QM) at the Gate and I and the other QM paraded around the Billets until everyone settled down and asleep. I think it must have been one of the quietest last nights on Camp for Years
It is now the 18th August 1969 and we may not have to wait until 1970 for another period of training as it is possible we could be called up for active service at anytime
Hopefully Peace will reign