Hero's welcome at Dublin Airport as Irish peacekeepers return home
Published 05/10/2016 | 21:56
One hundred and thirty Irish peacekeepers have been welcomed home with open arms.
The troops from the 52nd Infantry Group arrived in Dublin Airport after serving in the Golan Heights as part of the ongoing UNDOF peace mission there. Despite a delay in the arrival time, families waiting at the gate were far from disappointed.
Teri Menton, from Ballyfermot was waiting for her partner, Pte Alan Kerins, who was arriving back from his first-ever tour of duty.
It was a series of firsts for Alan (29), who was reunited with his first-born child, who is now three months old.
Speaking to the Herald, Teri (26) said: “It’s great to have him back.”
“He left when Ellis was three weeks old, and now he’s 12 weeks old,” said a delighted Teri.
“It was difficult when he was away. It was very hard on me, but I was lucky that I’ve got great friends and family all around,” she added.
“We used FaceTime and WhatsApp every day as well, and the baby got to see him on the screen.”
It’s been a busy time for the new family, with Alan receiving confirmation of his trip to Golan Heights within weeks of hearing Teri was expecting.
“It all came at once,” Teri recalled.
Now the couple are hoping for some rest and recuperation.
“Alan is at home for the foreseeable now,” Teri said.
“We’ll have our first Christmas together as a family, which will be lovely.
“We are going on holiday next week, so that’ll be our first family trip.”