A heart-lifting moment for soldier before tour of duty
A Northern Ireland soldier and his baby boy yesterday shared a few precious moments before the proud dad left for the Middle East.
Private Blaine Cromie from Armagh is one of 190 troops set to continue the Irish Defence Forces' long association with Lebanon in a six-month tour of duty.
The doting dad and five-month-old James were all smiles yesterday after Irish Defence Minister Paul Kehoe officially reviewed the group at a ceremony in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.
The 51st Infantry Group will be patrolling the dangerous border between Israel and Lebanon from the middle of this month.
The Irish Republic has been involved with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon since the group's inception in 1978.