750 Irish soldiers serving overseas this Christmas

More than 750 members of the Defence Forces are serving overseas this Christmas.

Two hundred and forth-three troops are in Kosovo while 43 are in Bosnia.

Four hundred and twenty-one troops are in Chad - they're members of the 101st Infantry Battalion, mainly from Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Clonmel - and they wont be home until late January.

Lieutenant Marie Gleeson from Clonmel is Welfare Officer, 101st Infantry Battalion.

She says there will be plently on offer for the troops this Christmas:


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