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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Dundalk based 27th Battalion return from UN duties in Lebanon

Fr. PJ Somers blessing the unit colours. Pictures: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics
Fr. PJ Somers blessing the unit colours. Pictures: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics
Members of the 112th Infantry Battalion, UNIFIL who attended ‘The Laying up of the Colours Ceremony’ at Aiken Barracks.

Dundalk based members of the 27th Battalion who returned from UN service in Lebanon at the end of 2018 were honoured at Aiken Barracks last week.

The soldiers formed part of the 112th Infantry Battalion which performed a six month tour of duty in the Middle East last year.

Their return was marked with a 'Laying Up of the Colours' ceremony at Aiken Barracks.

Although the 112th Battalion was made up of Defence Forces personnel from around the country, it was led by the 27th Battalion.

Among the 344 soldiers who took part in the mission, it was is the first tour of duty overseas for 101 personnel.

Soldiers of the 27 Infantry Battalion have served in numerous Peacekeeping missions around the world, most notably in Lebanon since 1978 where two of the members of the Battalion died in service of peace, Private Patrick Wright in 1988 and Private Michael McNeela, from Dundalk who was killed in action in 1989.

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