Friday 19 December 2014

Irish Defence Forces send emotional messages home to loved ones for Christmas

Published 20/12/2013 | 13:01

Private Stephen ('CHAD') McCabe from Dublin 'Best wishes to my Mam, Dad, Laura, loved ones and all in the Rugby Club. Things are grand over here - See you all in the New Year'
Sgt Dave Tiernan, Cpl Peter Maguire - UNDOF Pictured fitting snow chains to the MOWAGs for use on the roads of the Golan Heights are (l-r) Sergeant David Tiernan and Corporal Peter Maguire. Sgt David Tiernan (Co Louth): Regards to my mum Philomena, wife Majella and sons Eabhan and Barry. Lots of love to you all.
Pte Stephen Murphy - UNDOF Private Stephen Murphy from Co Meath. He's the newest member of the Unit having arrived through Beirut, Post 2-45 (UNIFIL) and to Camp Faouar. He sends his Christmas greetings to all his friends and family and to Sarah his girlfriend and her family. Special greeting to Stephen's dad - CQ David Murphy who is currently serving with in Lebanon. ( See Lebanon for photo of David)
Private Stephen Byrne - UNDOF Private Stephen Byrne serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF - I want to wish all of my family a happy Christmas especially my lovely girlfriend Jenny and all my friends at home and in Gormanston Camp
Private Shane Williams - UNDOF Private Shane Williams from Dublin wishes Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to Mam, Dad, Paddy, Moira and family. You stay classy Dublin!
Able Seaman Kiely with UNDOF Force Commander Lt Gen IS Singha. Photo shows Able Seaman Kiely of the Irish Navy with UNDOF Force Commander Lt Gen IS Singha who is wondering what a Sailor is doing on the Golan Heights. Able Seaman Shane Kiely, from Co Cork... Happy Xmas to fiancé Sarah and the Kiely family.
Pte Nicholas Roche - UNDOF Private Nicholas Roche from Co Wexford - 'Merry Christmas to friends and family at home in Ireland. See you all next year'.
Private Philip Owens going on patrol UNDOF, Syria Private Philip Owens, 43rd Infantry Battalion, UNDOF from Co. Louth. Xmas Message - Happy Christmas to my wife Jillian and to all our family and friends
Sgt Colm Moore, BQ Pat Maguire, CQ Tony Fitzgerald serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF Sergeant Colm Moore (Carlow), BQMS Pat Maguire (Meath) and CQMS Tony Fitzgerald (Dublin) send good wishes to their families and friends at home and to colleagues serving on missions overseas.
The Medical Team, Sgt Mark Prendergast; Capt Martin Neary and Sgt Greg Laffan send their good wishes for Christmas and every blessing of health in 2014 to their colleagues in the Medical Corps at home and overseas.
Vehicle Maintenance Staff - MOWAG Garage UNDOF Private Brian Murphy (Cork), Private Sheamus McCaffrey (Leitrim), Private Eamon Quinn (Monaghan), Company Sergeant Fred Darling (Kildare) Corporal Emmet Powell (Dublin and Carlow) Happy Christmas to everyone maintaining the vehicles back home, keep the wagons rolling.
Tpr Mark Daly & Tpr Mark O'Reilly - UNDOF - Tpr Mark Daly from The Curragh would like to wish my girlfriend Orla and all my family and friends a happy Christmas. See you all in the new year! Tpr Mark O'Reilly from County Dublin. Happy Christmas and New Year to my gorgeous girlfriend Aoife and my parents and brother and sister. See you soon!
Cpl Keith O'Donoghue Happy Christmas to all my family and kids in Cavan. Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year! From Corporal Keith O Donoghue serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF.
Happy Christmas to all Defence Forces personnel on duty this Christmas at home and overseas.
Defence Forces Troops Serving in the Golan Heights, Syria
Pte Gary O'Toole - UNDOF Happy Christmas to all my family and friends at home. From Private Gary O'Toole Co Wicklow
Sgt Gary Carroll, Military police (MP), MP School Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp. From Co Kildare, Wishes A Happy Christmas to his children, Naoise, Treasa and Tiarnan and the Carroll family.
Cpl Pat Ryan, Cpl Donal Elliott, Sgmn Declan McGibney Corporl Pat Ryan (County Tipperary), Corporal Donal Elliott (Limerick) and Signalman Declan McGibney (Kerry) - as part of the Communications Section, they maintain contact between UNDOF personnel (by radio, phone, computer and satellite) while on patrol in the Area of Operations and with home.They send their greetings to family and friends around Ireland and to their colleagues serving at home and on other missions overseas. May 2014 be blessed with a Strength Five signal!!!
Tpr Eddie Heavey - UNDOF Trooper Eddie Heavey from Co Kildare serving with 43 Infantry Group working on an armoured car. Lots of love to my beautiful girlfriend Shauna and the Moran family. Wishing my Mam, Dad and the rest of my family a happy Christmas and good health in 2014! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Pte David Ross - UNDOF Private David Ross from Dublin. 'Happy Xmas to Ellen, my son Kaiden, mother Jackie and father, Paul'.
Cpl Darren Galvin - UNDOF Merry Christmas to all my family and friends in Dublin. Looking forward to seeing you all soon from Corporal Darren Galvin.
Company Sergeant Fred Darling & Sergeant Gary Carroll . CS Fred Darling (Transport Workshops) Sgt Gary Carroll (International Military Police) send good wishes to their family and friends at home: CS Darling from County Kildare sends his good wishes to his wife Bunty, his daughter Wendy and sons Derek and Evan and two grandsons Fred the Fourth and James. Sgt Gary Carroll also from Kildare sends his wishes to his children Naoise, Treasa and Tiarnan and to friends and family at home and on overseas missions. See you all in the New Year!
Pte Conor McGahon - UNDOF Private Conor McGahon is from Co Louth. I'd like to wish my family a Happy Christmas and New Year. To my girlfriend Carmel, I miss you loads. Have a great celebration of Christmas and New year!
Fr Robert McCabe CF with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF pictured in St Paul's Chapel, Camp Faouar preparing for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Bob has provided many of the photos in this album. I'd like to send my Christmas good wishes to my parents Brian & Angela in Kinnegad and to my family and friends in different parts of the world especially in Australia, France, Italy, UK and the US. I'd also like to send my good wishes to the parishioners and school children in Stamullen, Julianstown and Gormanston. Many of the locals here ask for prayers for their communities in Syria and for families and friends who have moved to Lebanon and Jordan.
Cpl Alan O'Brien, Tpr Paul Mansfield, Tpr Brian Buckley serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF Corporal Alan O'Brien (left) says: - Merry Christmas to all my family and friends in Cork and specially to Emma and the bump! See you all in the New Year. Trooper Paul Mansfield (centre) says - Happy Christmas to my wife Rosie and family and friends back home in Waterford. Trooper Brian Buckley (right) from Dublin wishes a Happy Christmas to his partner Asa, daughters Amina and Sofia and all my family and friends at home. See you in 2014!
Cpl Brian Kelly, Co Wicklow - Happy Christmas to Sandra and Jessica Simpson and to my family and friends.
Cpl Brian Buckley serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF Corporal Brian Buckley from Dublin would like to wish a happy Christmas to Sylvia, P.J., Lorcan, Fintan, Kevin, Laura, Aaron and Zoe. I'll see you in the New Year xxx
Lt Col Brendan Delaney - UNDOF Officer Commanding 43 Infantry Group UNDOF Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Delaney has the following message for the troops and their families of 43 Inf Gp - I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and admiration for the support and encouragement that you have given to us every day since our deployment began. The professionalism, loyalty and dedication shown by your family members has been exemplary. Their performances are a source of great pride to me and to the Defence Forces and they have been excellent ambassadors for Ireland. On behalf of the Officers, NCOs and Soldiers of the 43rd Infantry Group, deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Force, I wish all our families, relatives and friends a Happy, Safe and Peaceful Christmas.
Cpl Eddy van Barneveld & Pte Keith Arnold - UNDOF Cpl Eddy van Barneveld and Pte Keith Arnold - serving with 43 Infantry Group UNDOF - A Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2014 to family and friends. Special greetings to all in Gormanston Camp and all personnel of 27 Inf Bn! We've improvised our own Christmas decorations over here

The Irish Defence Forces troops serving in Syria have sent Christmas wishes home to their families and friends in Ireland.

The troops posed for photos for Fr McCabe and added an emotional note home to their families who will spend Christmas in Ireland.

Messages for wives, parents, kids, girlfriends and families are added as they smile for their loved ones at home.

They are currently serving in the Golan Heights, Syria and, as snowflakes are already falling, are confident they’ll experience a white Christmas.

This Christmas will see 416 personnel serving overseas in 15 missions across 20 different countries including Mali, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

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