Company Sergeant Fred Darling from Athy has become the first Irish man to receive a UN award for serving in Syria. Sgt Darling was due to return home yesterday (Monday 31).
The UN noted his “invaluable services rendered to UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force).”
It said the award was in “recognition of his excellent performance to both his assigned role as the unit workshops commander as well as for his performance of duty and contribution to UNDOF mandate.”
It added; “His ‘can do attitude’ is an excellent example to the younger members of the contingent and mission as a whole and reflects the core values of the unit – professionalism, resourcefulness and dedication to duty. By these achievements, CS Darling earned lasting credit not only upon himself and his contingent but also to his country and the UNDOF, UN as well.” Cllr. Daly notified Athy Town Council of this success and it agreed to write to congratulate him on this award.