Tuesday 12 December 2017

'We miss you all' Irish soldiers abroad send messages home for Father's Day

Capt Jack Higgins 2 ORD Gp from Athlone and is married to Karen, with three children, Fíonn, Tadhg and Éanna.
Capt Jack Higgins 2 ORD Gp from Athlone and is married to Karen, with three children, Fíonn, Tadhg and Éanna. "Happy Fathers Day to my father Jerome in Naas, and best wishes to my wife Karen and the boys in Athlone, especially Éanna, who had his first birthday on Friday last"
Pte Mark Healy 28 Inf BN, Finner Camp from Derry. "Happy Fathers Day to my Dad Brian. "Wish I was home, have a good day. "Love Mark"
Sgt Peter Gartland – Recce Section 48 Inf Gp UNDOF. "Thanks to my wonderful kids for the Father’s Day present. "All my Love, Dad"
Pte Emma Ging, ENGR Gp DFTC from Kildare sends love to her daughter Amber Rose, and the following message to her Father John Ging: "Happy Father's Day. Hope you have a lovely day and a happy birthday on the 26th. "Love and miss you from the Golan Heights xx"
Pte Christopher McGuigan 28 Inf Bn, Donegal. "Happy Fathers Day to my Dad Pat, I love and miss you. "Thank you to my little fella Dylan for the fathers day messages. "Cant wait t get home to see you"
Airman Damien Adderley CIS Air Corps. Married to Kayde Ahern "Happy fathers day to my Dad, have a great day and I will see you soon for a game and a pint of the black stuff"
Regt Sgt Major Noel O Callaghan 2 Arty Regt From Mullingar. Married to Breda, with two children Rebecca and David, and two beautiful grand-daughters, Aleesha and Amelia. "Happy Fathers Day to Breda, Rebecca, David and Aleesha in Mullingar, and to David, Michelle and Amelia in Canada, and all my family at home in Dublin. "Will be thinking about you on Fathers Day, have a wonderful day. "Love always, Noel"
Recce Section, Golan Heights, UNDOF "Wishing all our families at home a happy and peaceful Father’s Day from Recce Section," 48th Inf Gp, Golan Heights, UNDOF
CQMS Mark Pender 2 BTC from Tallaght in Dublin. "Dad, history created many hero's such as Audie Murphy and Chelsy Sullenberger. "Growing up as a child, teenager and adult in my eyes you have always been my hero. "I'm so proud you're my Dad and I hope to be half the man you are. "Your loving son, Mark"
Pte Shane Tracey 28 Inf Bn from Derry. "Happy birthday to my father Raymond. "Sorry I can't be home. Miss you all so much. Enjoy a day of golfing in peace. "Love Shane"
Pte Enda Lynch 2 BDE Tpt. Lives in Kilcormac Co Offaly. "Fathers Day is not the same without you all. "Thinking of my wife Kim and boys Roy, Ely and Shay. "Love and Miss you all"
Pte Bart O Callaghan 7 BN. "Greetings from the Golan, and happy Fathers Day to everyone back home. "Have a great day"
PO Robert Doyle -Naval Base, from COBH Co Cork. Married to Bernadette with two children, Karl and Kim. "Greetings from Syria. "Happy Fathers Day to everyone back home in COBH. "I hope you all have a great day"
Cpl Ronan Matthews 28 INF BN from Donegal. "Happy Fathers Day, I hope it is a good day for you. "See you son. "Love, Ronan"
Coy Sgt Jim McKenna 28 Inf Bn from Sligo, is married to Jacqui and has three children, Sinead, Niamh and Emer. "To Jacqui and family, best wishes from here in UNDOF. "Looking forward to seeing you all in August.. "Love always, Jim"
BQMS Declan Flanagan Engr Gp DFTC from Newbridge Co Kildare. "To my wife Helen and family, best wishes on Fathers Day. "We will be all together next year please God. See you all in October. "Lots of love, Deckie"
Comdt Andrew Shinnick, Staff Officer, Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan. Comdt Shinnick is originally from North Cork and now lives in Dublin. For Father’s Day he says: "Happy Father’s Day to my own Dad, Noel and hi to all my family in Cork. "A special hello to my own two sons, Daniel and Robert and my fiancé Ellen. "Miss you loads and see you soon. Love, Andy"
Comdt Michael Daly (Athlone), KFOR, Kosovo "Happy Fathers’Day to Comdt (retd) Frank Daly. "To Clare, Aged 2, Thank you for the lovely Fathers’Day Card, miss you loads! "Lots of love from Daddy"
Tpr Alan O’Neill (Tullow Co Carlow), Driver/Mowag LTAV Crewman "To my daughter Belle, sorry we cant spend our first fathers day together. "Cant wait to see you. Love Dad"
Cpl Keith Forde (Carrigaline Co Cork), Mowag Car Commander B COY "To my son Ollie sorry I cant be there for our first fathers day. "Looking forward to getting back to you. "Happy fathers day to my dad Tim also"
Cpl Paul Halpin (Newbridge Co. Kildare), Cpl Stores/ Dvr "To Leah and Alex missing will be home soon to celebrate Fathers Day with you"
Sgt Declan Higgins (Fermoy Co Cork), Mowag Sgt 6Pl B Coy 49th INF GP "To my beautiful son Bobby missing you loads. "Cant wait to see you soon. Love Daddy"
Lt Barry Faulkner (Templeouge Co Dublin), OIC Engr Section 49th Inf Gp "Happy fathers day dad. "To Tanya and Molloy missing you on Fathers day and looking forward to seeing you again"
Cpl Declan Killeen (Athlone Co. Westmeath), Engr Section 49th INF GP "To my partner Paulina and my daughter Ada missing you on fathers day. "See you when I get home"
Lt Andria Marnell (Kilkenny City Kilkenny), OIC Transport Section 49th Inf Gp "Happy Fathers Day, Tom to the best man who is the best dad 365 days a year!!! "You may not know everything but you sure have everyone fooled! "Happy fathers day to my own dad John, Thank you for the comfort of knowing that whatever goes wrong, I have a dad who cares"
Pte Lee Deane 2 COE. "Happy Fathers Day to my father Pat, with lots of love from your son Lee. "Have a great day. "From The Golan Heights where the heat is savage"
Pte Alan Bermingham (Allenwood Co. Kildare), Tpt Fitter Transport section 49th Infantry Group "I’d like to wish my father Louis happy fathers day from the sunny South Lebanon"
Pte Nevin -Golan Heights, UNDOF "Happy Fathers Day, I hope you have a great day. "See you on in July. "Love from the Golan Heights"
Cpl Cyril Connolly 2 COE. "To my daughter Mackayla, thanks for the lovely card. "With love from the Golan Heights"
CQMS James Forde TPT Gp DFTC and is from Wicklow "Married to Yvonne with three children, Stephen, Aoife and Ciara. "Happy Fathers Day to all Dad's away from home on Fathers Day, and love to Yvonne and the children"
Sgt Brendan Kelly CVBW DFTC, Lives in Clara Co Offally. "Love and best wishes to my wife Frances and two boys Stuart and Ayden on fathers day. "See you all in a few weeks"

David Kearns

Irish soldiers serving in Syria, Lebanon and Kosovo have sent messages home to wish their families a happy Father’s Day.

The soldiers are from several counties, including Kilkenny, Waterford, Kildare, Dublin, Offaly, Galway and Cork.

Among those wishing their dads a "Happy Fathers Day" and giving their best to their families back home was Airman Damien Adderley.

Married to Kayde Ahern, his message home was: "Happy fathers day to my Dad, have a great day and I will see you soon for a game and a pint of the black stuff."

Praising his dad as his hero, company quartermaster sergeant Mark Pender said he would be lucky if he grew into "half the man" his father was.

"Dad, history created many hero's such as Audie Murphy and Chelsy Sullenberger.

Airman Damien Adderley Credit: Irish Defense Forces
Airman Damien Adderley Credit: Irish Defense Forces

"Growing up as a child, teenager and adult in my eyes you have always been my hero.

"I'm so proud you're my Dad and I hope to be half the man you are.

"Your loving son, Mark," said the Tallaght man.

Regimental quartermaster sergeant Declan Flanagan, from Newbridge in Kildare, promised his wife he would be home soon.

"To my wife Helen and family, best wishes on Fathers Day. We will be all together next year please God," he wrote.

"See you all in October. Lots of love, Deckie."

Others reached to their children, such as Captain Jack Higgins, from Athlone.

Married with three children, Captain Higgins is currently deployed in Syria.

"Happy Fathers Day to my father Jerome in Naas, and best wishes to my wife Karen and the boys in Athlone, especially Éanna, who had his first birthday on Friday last."

Private Emma Ging, from Kildare, sent her love home to her daughter Amber Rose this Father's Day, adding a happy birthday message to her Father John Ging.

Private Emma Ging Credit: Irish Defense Forces
Private Emma Ging Credit: Irish Defense Forces

"Happy Father's Day. Hope you have a lovely day and a happy birthday on the 26th.

"Love and miss you from the Golan Heights xx"

Regimental quartermaster sergeant Declan Flanagan Credit: Irish Defense Forces
Regimental quartermaster sergeant Declan Flanagan Credit: Irish Defense Forces

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