Irish troops celebrating national day with 10K road race

Irish troops abroad will be celebrating St Patrick's Day in a different style than many of those back home today.

Irish troops celebrating national day with 10K road race

Irish troops abroad will be celebrating St Patrick's Day in a different style than many of those back home today.

No drinking too many pints of stout for them - instead the 107th Irish Finnish Infantry Battalion in South Lebanon will be embarking on a 10km road race.

More than 400 Irish troops are celebrating St Patrick's Day abroad this year, deployed in 15 countries on 12 different peace missions.

They are spread across the world from Afghanistan to Uganda, and the Congo to Kosovo.

It's business as usual for most of the Defence Force missions, but they will take some time out from their security work to celebrate Ireland's national day.

"Not withstanding that it is out national holiday, we still have to carry out all our national security operations, and sustain ourselves here in the camp," said Lieutenant Colonel Dave Dignam, Commander of the 107th Irish Finnish Infantry Battalion.

"But of course we're going to find the time to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

"This morning, we had a formal presentation of shamrocks to the battalion, we're about to have lunch, and then in the afternoon we're doing a 10km road race."

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