‘SORELY MISSED’ Defence Forces pay tribute to soldier Mark Mahon who passed away after falling sick in Kilkenny barracks
The military has paid its respects to a soldier who died in a barracks accident earlier today.
Coworkers at Stephens Barracks discovered a sick Private Mark Mahon who was not responding.
A nurse and a doctor were called to the scene to give CPR. He was then taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, where he died.
I send my greatest condolences to the family, loved ones, and many friends of Private Mark Mahon on behalf of the 3 Infantry Battalion and laugh na hÉireann,” Lieutenant Colonel Declan Crummey, Officer Commanding 3rd Infantry Battalion, said.
“A key member of the 3 Infantry Battalion, Mark distinguished himself both at home and abroad.
“There are many people who knew and loved him at Stephens’ Barrack Kilkenny who will miss him dearly. In the name of the Lord, may your name be dilis?”
In 2015, Private Mahon enlisted in the military and was serving with the 3rd Infantry Battalion when he was killed.
He was a marathon runner who also played soccer for Moone FC in Tullow, County Carlow, and had participated in numerous charitable events.
He had previously served as a peacekeeper with the 115th Infantry Battalion in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, where he was commended for his efforts.
He’d been working hard to get ready for the PNC Course, which was a big step for him.
In addition to his parents Rachel and Mark, he has a younger sister Megan and a long-term girlfriend, Katie.