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Defence Forces battalion back in Dublin after Lebanon deployment

Mothers brought sons and daughters in fancy dress to the arrivals hall at Dublin airport on Monday.

Sergeant Graham Clarkin is greeted by daughters Lauren (two) and Sophie (eight) at Dublin airport (Niall Carson/PA)
Sergeant Graham Clarkin is greeted by daughters Lauren (two) and Sophie (eight) at Dublin airport (Niall Carson/PA)

By Michael McHugh, PA

Hundreds of members of the Defence Forces have arrived back in Ireland following deployment to Lebanon.

Mothers brought sons and daughters in fancy dress to the arrivals hall at Dublin airport on Monday.

Tricolours were flying as well as balloons which said “welcome home”.

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Becky Doyle hugs her son Corey (Niall Carson/PA)

Children wore t-shirts which said: “Get out of my way, dad’s coming home today.”

The 114th Infantry Battalion deployed in May to South Lebanon as part of the peacekeeping force deployed by the UN.

The force was originally deployed to monitor the cessation of hostilities with Israel in 1978 and is now involved in humanitarian work.

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