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Stray bullet death RIR soldier to be buried today

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A Royal Irish Regiment soldier killed during a training exercise is to be laid to rest in Co Cork today.

Afghanistan veteran Ranger Michael Maguire died after being hit by a stray bullet on a live firing range in west Wales earlier this month.

Military chiefs including Lieutenant Colonel Colin Weir, Commanding Officer of the 1st battalion The Royal Irish Regiment and Lieutenant General Sir Philip Trousdell, Regimental Colonel of 1 Royal Irish, are expected to travel to the Republic for the 21-year-old’s funeral service at Bantry.

“It has been a dreadful shock, a really terrible shock,” said Lt General Trousdell. “In a sense when you are on operations you see that you are operating in a really dangerous and deadly environment and mentally you are prepared for months beforehand on what you may face.

“But this was a tragic accident in a setting in which nobody could have imagined it would have happened and it really knocks the stuffing out of you,” said Lt General Trousdell.

He said the battalion “were really shaken by it”.

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