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Emotional scenes as 190 Irish troops return home after 6 months in Lebanon

One soldier was meeting his 10-week-old daughter for the first time.
May 18th 2016, 9:40 AM 24,384 25

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE gathered at Dublin Airport this morning to welcome home Irish soldiers who have been away on peacekeeping duty for six months.

Tears were shed by family and friends as 190 troops touched down on Irish soil.

90419064 (1) Sinead Duffy, PTE Blane and Baby James Cromie (1). Source: Sam Boal via

The troops from the 51st Infantry Group – United Nations Interim Force have just completed a six month deployment to Lebanon.

There were plenty of hugs to go around this morning as families greeted their loved ones:

For Private Thomas Grant, the return home was extra special as he was meeting his 10-week-old daughter Sophia Grace for the first time:

90419063 Private Thomas Grant, Sophie Grace (10 weeks old) and Sinead Brennan. Source: Sam Boal via

The troops have now been replaced by the 53rd Infantry Group.

Read: PICS: Enda dons a blue helmet, meets Irish troops and saves Christmas>

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