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

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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"

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.

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"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.

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"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"

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