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Joy and tears as Irish Golan Heights troops are reunited with their families

The soldiers spent six months in the Middle East flashpoint.

Updated at 11am

THERE WERE EMOTIONAL scenes in Dublin Airport late last night as Irish troops returned home from a peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights.

One hundred soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were united with family after their six months in the Middle East flashpoint.

The Golen Heights has been a scene of heightened tensions in recent months, due to continuing civil war in Syria as well as the spread of Islamic State, with Israel bolstering defences along the border.

Check out the scenes of joy – and tears – in Terminal One last night:

Joy and tears as Irish Golan Heights troops are reunited with their families
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    Commandant Owen McNally from Kildare and his daughter Tara (6) and son Ciaran (9).Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Frank Black with partner Eimear O'Keeffe (DJ Nikki Hayes) and their daughter Farah Black.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Pte. Brian McCabe from Navan and his two-year-old daughter Emily.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Commandant David Slattery from Limerick and his Zoey (1) and son Zayne (3).Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Derek Egan from Athlone with fiancée Lindsey McCrossan.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Corporal Patrick Behan from Kildare with his wife Dierdre, sone Sean (8) and daughter Emma (5)Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Glenn Ahearne from Finglas is welcomed home by his familySource: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    CQS John Christy from Navan is welcomed home by his three-year-old daughter Zoe.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Derek Egan from Athlone with fiancée Lindsey McCrossan.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Pte. Gary O'Connor from Athlone with his fiance Joanne Mullally, right, and her sister Paula Mullally.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Pte. Gary O'Connor from Athlone with his mother Marie O'Connor, his fiance Joanne Mullally, 2nd from right, and her sisters Mary Sherlock, left, and Paula MullallSource: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Pte. Jamie Devlin from Longford and is 16-month-old daughter Tilly.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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