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Sunday 23 July 2017

Heroes to soldier on at home - with housework

Marie Martin greets Sgt Mark Doherty, Athlone, at Dublin Airport. Photo: Collilns
Marie Martin greets Sgt Mark Doherty, Athlone, at Dublin Airport. Photo: Collilns

Daniel O'Connor

There were scenes of joy, laughter and tears as families greeted the return of the UN Defence Forces at Dublin Airport.

The 109th Infantry Battalion arrived home from Lebanon to a sea of family members and friends at the arrivals lounge of Terminal 1.

Sergeant Joanne Smith said it was "a great feeling" to be home.

"It's a great feeling. A long time away from home, but it's great to see the little faces," she said. "You can be operationally prepared, but nothing prepares you for missing the family, so it's just great to be home."

The highlight for several soldiers was being reunited with their children.

"We're going to relax, do a few fun things and take it easy for the next few weeks," Corporal Shane Kavanagh said.

For others though, a trip home means going straight back to doing some hard work around the house.

"I have a list as long as his arms with jobs to do, he'll be very busy," Michelle Allen, partner of Séamus Ward said.

Irish Independent

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