‘Heroic’ Tipp tropps home from Golan Heights

Defence Minister Simon Coveney has described the actions of the Irish forces in the Golan Heights as “nothing short of heroic.”

Defence Minister Simon Coveney has described the actions of the Irish forces in the Golan Heights as “nothing short of heroic.”

Irish troops, who came under fire during a tour of duty in the Golan Heights, returned home on Tuesday night.

The group consisted of a large number of soldiers from the Clonmel,Carrick and South Tipperary area which were under the command of Clonmel man Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kennedy

The 44th Infantry group completed a six month tour of duty in the disputed territory, during which they came under fire while trying to rescue their Filipino colleagues from a beleaguered post.

A new contingent of Irish troops is flying out to replace them - they’ll be stationed in the Israeli side of the demilitarised zone.