Pte Damien Dargan and Cpl Brian Ahern are currently deployed overseas
AS florists across Limerick prepare for one of their busiest days of the year, members of the Defence Forces serving overseas have begun sending messages to their loved back ones at home.
Almost 600 members of the Defence Forces, who are currently deployed in 13 different countries, will be spending Valentine's Day away from their wives, husbands and partners.
More than 100 soldiers from Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick are currently deployed in South Lebanon as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
They are part of the 300 strong 111th Infantry Battalion which began its six month tour of duty last November.
The Defence Forces posted a number of Valentine’s messages from several of its overseas personnel on social media this Tuesday afternoon.
“I would like to wish a very Happy Valentine’s Day to my fiancee Sinead Lots of love see you soon,” wrote Pte Damien Dargan who hails from Limerick.
Another Limerick man, Cpl Brian Ahern wrote: “Happy Valentine's Day to my beautiful wife Neisha Sorry I can't be there I love you loads See you next week Lots of love Brian xxx”.