Thursday 21 August 2014

Leb lads have an eye on the ball

Published 03/07/2013 | 05:36

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Captain John Murphy, Captain Declan Barrett, Private Dermot Meehan and Sergeant Christopher Hoare are on duty in the Lebanon, but they have Kerry football on their minds at the moment.

KERRY soldiers who are among the 330 Irish Army personnel deployed in Lebanon deal with booby trap bombs as part of their day job but this weekend their attention will be focused on home and Kerry's Munster Football Championship battle against Cork in Fitzgerald Stadium.

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The seven Kerry soldiers will take a break from their duties detecting deadly improvised explosive devices, armoured patrolling and civilian military co-operation, amongst others, to view the match which will be streamed live to the troops.

Aside from their strictly peacekeeping role, the Irish troops also regularly participate in a wide range of morale-building challenges. One such saw Captain John Murphy, who is one of the Kerry contingent, lead an Irish Irish Defence Forces Officers team to victory in 'Racing the Planet Nepal in 2011'. This saw the team complete a gruelling 250km course in seven days, during which they were forced to carry over 35Lb of equipment to sustain themselves.

Captain Murphy, who will compete in another race in August in an attempt to raise funds for Crumlin Children's Hospital is hoping the Kerry team will also rise to victory on Sunday. "Best wishes and continued success to Kerry in their pursuit of All-Ireland glory and we will be following their progress closely," he said.


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