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Photos: Irish soldiers return home after six months in Golan Heights

The troops had been deployed as part of the UN’s Disengagement Observer Force.

EMOTIONS WERE RUNNING high this afternoon when 103 Irish troops returned home from six months of deployment in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The 48th Infantry Group patrolled the conflict-torn zone claimed by both Israel and Syria as part of a UN force that has monitored the ceasefire between the two countries since 1974.

And there were plenty of hugs and kisses when returning members of the unit - drawn mainly from Dublin, the north-west and midlands - flew into Casement Aerodrome, the Air Corps’ Baldonnel airfield, earlier today.

Here are a few snapshots of the happy scenes as soldiers were reunited with their loved ones.

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is Greg Walsh with son Ellis (1) and partner Hayley Collins Source: RollingNews.ie

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is Eugene McDaid from Strabane with daughters Lily (2) and Mya (1) Source: RollingNews.ie

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is Declan and Helen Flanagan from Newbridge Source: RollingNews.ie

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is Bryan Nolan from Longford with partner Amy Brennan and kids Charlie (2) and Zack (1) Source: RollingNews.ie

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is John Brown from Kildare with his daughter Roisin (2) and partner Sarah Source: RollingNews.ie

07/10/2015. Irish Troops Return Home. Pictured is Brianna McConnell from Donegal and her partner Ryan Kelly Source: RollingNews.ie

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