AN IRISH soldier, returning home from the troubled Middle East, gazed in wonder as he cradled his baby son for the first time.
His face filled with joy, Private Jordan Poole gently cradled ten-day-old Ryan, staring at him in awe as his partner, Geniene, looked on.
He said he found the last few days a bit "stressful" after learning his partner Geniene had gone into labour early.
"I just got on with things. But I was anxious to get home...it's a long way but I got here eventually."
The soldier finally got to see his son when he returned along with 180 other Irish soldiers to Baldonnell, Dublin, after safely completing a six-month deployment on a UN Mission thousands of miles away in At Tiri, southern Lebanon. The baby was due on December 6, but was 26 days premature. He admitted he was "anxious" to get home after hearing the news.