Christmas greetings from Kildare soldiers abroad

Troops send messages home

Sarah Peppard

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Sarah Peppard

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Christmas greetings from Kildare soldiers abroad

Trooper Steven Canavan from Newbridge with Trooper Ian Cotter from Cork

Christmas wishes have been sent from Kildare soldiers abroad.

The largest troop missions are the 379 personnel serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the 136 personnel with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights in Syria.

There are also a number of Defence Forces personnel deployed in the service of peace to 11 other countries including Mali, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Western Sahara. 

PICTURE ABOVE: Trooper Steven Canavan: "To my beautiful wife-to-be Laurna Doyle and my two girls Tori-Ann and Ellie. I hope you have an amazing Christmas. I love and miss you all so much. Always and forever."

Capt Eoin Murphy from Naas would like to wish his girlfriend Lisa, my family, friends and military colleagues a very Happy Christmas and New Year from MONUSCO DRC.

Captain Tarlach Doorley, Naas (111 Inf Bn, UNIFIL): "Wishing my fiancee Louise, my family, and all my friends at home a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

Company Sergeant Larry Byrne Kilmacthomas Co Waterford: "To my wife Helena, Happy Christmas." Capt Richie Piggot, Naas: "Happy Christmas to my wife Karen on our anniversary." Cpl David Nolan, Galway.

Pte Sean O' Grady, Lismore Waterford and Cpl Paddy Lanigan, Kildare (111, Inf Bn, UNIFIL) :"Merry Christmas to all our friends and family."

RQMS William Hallows from Clondalkin, Dublin; Sergeant Major Philip Hayden from the Curragh, Kildare, and CQMS Michael Stynes from the Curragh, Kildare (UNDOF) "We want to wish all of our families and friends a merry Christmas and a happy new year!"

Pte Tom Quinn, Kildare (111 Inf Bn, UNIFIL): "Merry Christmas!"

Happy Christmas from Kosovo: RSM Paul Fagan from Co. Waterford, living in Newbridge, Kildare, sends Christmas greetings to his wife Mary Lou, daughters Emma and Hannah and grandson AJ.

Sgt Major John O'Neil, Kildare (111 Inf Bn, UNIFIL): "Merry Christmas!"

Pte Tom Quinn, Kildare and Cpl David Nolan, Galway, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends and family."