Christmas wishes sent from afar

Sue Doherty

Reporter:

Sue Doherty

Exclusively in today’s Donegal Democrat, members of the Irish Defence Forces from Donegal, who will not be home for Christmas, send messages to their loved ones.

Exclusively in today’s Donegal Democrat, members of the Irish Defence Forces from Donegal, who will not be home for Christmas, send messages to their loved ones.

There are currently 332 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed on the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Lebanon, 41 of whom are from Donegal.

The majority of them will be carrying out their normal duties over the holidays, but they will still be able to take part in special Christmas Masses on Christmas Eve at their base and while on patrol in remote border areas on Christmas Day itself.

Most of them will get the chance to put their feet up for a bit, and enjoy a full Christmas dinner. They’ll enjoy it all the more because, in accordance with long-standing tradition, they’ll be served by their commanding officer and the commissioned officers.

Nonetheless, Christmas is the hardest time to be away from your family and so getting in touch is more important than ever. It’s not always possible to make phone calls from the Lebanon.

That’s why we’re happy to give our soldiers another way to let their families and friends know they’re thinking of them this Christmas.

Read their Christmas greetings in today’s Donegal Democrat.