There are currently 350 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the Middle East and some of these soldiers have sent home Valentine's messages for their loved ones...

Capt Conor Butler from Kinsale, Co Cork

"Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful wife Elaine. I will miss you so much on our first Valentine’s Day since we got married. You have made me the happiest man since then, I can’t wait to see you again soon. Love you to bits, xx."

Sergeant Gerry Coyne from Mullingar, Co Westmeath

"Dear Jenny, Wishing you all my love on Valentine’s Day. Miss you loads and will see you in a few weeks. Love Gerry."

Corporal Adrian Dunne from Tullamore, Co Offaly

"To Ali, Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a beautiful day, love you loads. And Hannah my beautiful daughter, I love you so much. Happy Valentine’s Day to ye. See ye soon."

Private Michelle Tarpey from Knockroghery, Co Roscommon

"Happy Valentine's Day to my wonderful fiancé Jeremiah. Hope you like your present and are not missing me too much. We will celebrate when I return home. All my love, thinking of you, Michelle xxxx."

Lieutenant Donncha Lenihan from Dublin

"Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful and wonderful fiancé Megan! I’m sorry i can’t be there with you today, but i look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks time and to our wedding in June! X"

Corporal Stephen McNamee from Mullingar, Co Westmeath

"Dear Yvonne, Wishing you a great Valentine’s Day. Miss you so much, see you and the girls in a few weeks. Love Stephen."

Captain Padraig Murphy from Tullow, Co Carlow

"Charlene, sending you all my love from South Lebanon. Missing you loads, you complete me. I dream about us constantly and am looking forward to romantic nights when I get home! Hugs and kisses, Padraig xx."