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.