Soldiers return to Ireland but not to Kickham barracks

Soldiers who will return from UN peace keeping duties with the Irish army, on Wednesday, will be the first to come back to Clonmel since the closure of Kickham Barracks - but they will not be returning to the barracks they left.

Soldiers who will return from UN peace keeping duties with the Irish army, on Wednesday, will be the first to come back to Clonmel since the closure of Kickham Barracks - but they will not be returning to the barracks they left.

The soldiers left from Kickham Barracks last November just a few days after the announcement that the barracks would be closing while they were in Lebanon.

When they return to Ireland today they will meet their families either at Dublin airport or they will travel by army transport to their new bases of Limerick or Kilkenny army barracks.

In the past families would meet the returning troops in Kickham Barracks in what was described as ‘a very low key’ affair. Those families will now have to travel to Kilkenny or Limerick.

The men and women who were stationed in Kickham Barracks, up to their deployment on the UNIFIL mission last November, had to made the important decision where they would be based on their return while they were overseas. Speaking to The Nationalist, a spokesperson for the army wives and partners said that it must have been very hard for them to make that decision without their fellow soldiers and their families around them.

The 105th Battalion was the second group from the Irish Defence Forces to be stationed in Lebanon since Ireland returned to peace keeping duties there, last summer.

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