One hundred Irish troops deployed as part of a UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights returned home last night.

The soldiers landed at Dublin Airport at about 10.30pm.

They were met at the gate by the Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle and Head Chaplain Monsignor Eoin Thynne.

A crowd of family and friends gathered in arrivals at Terminal One to greet them. 

The troops were members of the 46th Infantry Group, which was deployed to the Golan Heights last September, as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission.

The UNDOF mission was established in 1974 to supervise the implementation of an area of separation in the Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel, following tension between the two countries.

The 46th Infantry Group, including 130 troops, was the third Irish contingent to complete a deployment with UNDOF.

Thirty troops from the group had already landed back in Ireland as part of an advanced party.

The previous deployment, the 44th Infantry Group, came under fire from Syrian rebel forces during its tour.

That group was also involved in an operation to rescue 35 Filipino soldiers in the region last August.

Another group, the 48th Infantry group, has already arrived in the Golan Heights to replace the departing troops.