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'I will be home soon, son': Irish soldiers stationed abroad mark Father's Day

Members of the Defence Forces who are serving in Syria, Lebanon and Mali have sent messages home to their families.

IRISH SOLDIERS SERVING in Syria, Lebanon and Mali have sent messages home to wish their families a happy Father’s Day.

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

Some of the messages are below and all can be viewed here.

Sgt Brian Reid

From Newbridge, Co Kildare; based in Syria.

I would like to wish my two beautiful daughters, Nicole and Ashley, a happy Father’s Day. Can’t wait to see ye, miss you and love you lots. And my dad, a happy Father’s Day to you. See you all when I’m home!

Sgt Brian Reid UNDOF Syria Source: Irish Defence Forces

Lt Martin Griffin

From Tramore, Co Waterford; stationed in Syria.

To my three children Philip, Clara and Ceri and my wife Maria. Sorry I can’t be home this Father’s Day. See you all when I’m home on leave. Lots of love, Martin.

Lt Martin Griffin, UNDOF Syria Source: Irish Defence Forces

BQ Brian Cronin

From Ratoath, Co Meath; stationed in Lebanon.

To my kids Jessica, seven, and Gracie, four. Happy fifth birthday to Gracie coming soon. Dada missing you both and hope you are looking after Ruffie & Mammy. Love, Dad.

BQ Brian Cronin Source: Irish Defence Forces

Sgt Declan Higgins

From Fermoy, Co Cork; stationed in Syria.

To my son, Bobby: Sorry I can’t be there for you on Father’s day. I will be home soon, son. Miss you heaps. Lots of love, Daddy.

Sgt Declan Higgins UNDOF Syria Source: Irish Defence Forces

Comdt Robert Kiely

From Mountrath, Co Laois, stationed in Syria.

All my love to my beautiful daughters Emma and Rachael and to my wonderful wife, Amanda. Looking forward to coming home soon on leave. Love, Dad

Comdt Robert Kiely UNDOF Syria Source: Irish Defence Forces

Pte Gavin Lyons 

From Kildare town; stationed in Syria.

To Kissandra and baby Kiarrai. Thinking of you both this Father’s Day, sorry I can’t be with you both. See you all soon. Lots of love, Gavin.

Pte Gavin Lyons UNDOF Syria Source: Irish Defence Forces

Cpl Brian Doherty

From Blanchardstown, Co Dublin; stationed in Lebanon.

All my love to my children Amy, eleven, and Brandon, three. Love, Dad

Cpl Brian Doherty Source: Irish Defence Forces

Lt Gerry Reynolds

From Tuam, Co Galway; stationed in Mali.

Message to my sons: Derec, Gearoid and Fionan: Hi guys, I am looking forward to seeing you soon when I get home on R & R and thanks for the Father’s Day cards.

Lt Gerry Reynolds Source: Irish Defence Forces

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