The first contingent of Irish troops deployed to Syria has returned home.

The Defence Forces' 43rd Infantry Group arrived in Dublin this morning after a six-month tour of duty.

The 89 soldiers were deployed to the Golan Heights region last September.

There were emotional scenes this morning when the soldiers were reunited with their families in Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel.

Another contingent of 100 soldiers has replaced them in the UN mission.