We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Trooper Shane Kearney was on his second tour with UNIFIL when the attacked happened.
Defence Forces

Trooper Shane Kearney to undergo what's 'hopefully' his last surgery

The soldier will go under the knife for cranioplasty surgery today, after being discharged from hospital in February.

TROOPER SHANE KEARNEY will undergo what’s hoped to be his final surgery today.

The soldier, who sustained a serious head injury in Lebanon towards the end of last year, will go under the knife for cranioplasty surgery in Beaumont Hospital, Co Dublin.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said, “All Shane’s colleagues in the Defence Forces are thinking of him at this time and are wishing him a speedy recovery.”

The 22-year-old and his UNIFIL battalion came under attack in southern Lebanon on 14 December 2022 while in a driving convoy. Trooper Kearney’s colleague, Private Seán Rooney (23), was killed during the attack.

The soldier underwent surgery following the attack and was taken back to Ireland in December. The soldier was last discharged from hospital in February and spent the last two months recovering and resting at his home in Cork.

Inquiries into the death of Private Seán Rooney are still on-going, the UN completed its first fact-finding investigation in February.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel