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 Pte Laura Harris receives her United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) medal

Pte Laura Harris receives her United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) medal

Pte Laura Harris receives her United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) medal

THE chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, has presented peacekeeping service medals to 150 Irish and Finnish soldiers in south Lebanon.

He awarded the medals near the town of At Tiri yesterday at the completion of a two-day visit to the 108th Irish-Finn battalion, who deployed to Lebanon in May for a six-month tour of duty.

The Defence Forces are supplying 332 peacekeepers, who work alongside 175 Finnish soldiers as part of the joint battalion, led by Lieut Col Tony McKenna.

Before the awards ceremony, General O'Boyle laid a wreath in memory of the 47 Irish soldiers, who died on peacekeeping duties in Lebanon at a memorial in Tibnin, which used to house Camp Shamrock, the headquarters of successive Irish battalions for several decades.

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