Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Irish Soldier's Story of Love and Loss

Blood Sweat and Tears An Irish Soldier s Story of Love and Loss Irish troops have served individual tours of duty over four decades in Lebanon All over Ireland in almost every family there is a father a brother a sister son daughter or cousin who has

  • Title: Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Irish Soldier's Story of Love and Loss
  • Author: Tom Clonan
  • ISBN: 9781907593550
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Irish troops have served 40,000 individual tours of duty over four decades in Lebanon All over Ireland, in almost every family, there is a father, a brother, a sister, son, daughter or cousin who has come under fire in South Lebanon Forty seven Irish troops died in Lebanon and thousands have returned with physical and psychological injuries Blood, Sweat and Tears tIrish troops have served 40,000 individual tours of duty over four decades in Lebanon All over Ireland, in almost every family, there is a father, a brother, a sister, son, daughter or cousin who has come under fire in South Lebanon Forty seven Irish troops died in Lebanon and thousands have returned with physical and psychological injuries Blood, Sweat and Tears tells the true story of the Irish at war Clonan brings the reader on a tour of duty in Lebanon from 1995 to 1996 His vivid account brings you from a rain swept Dublin Airport on a dark October night to the massacre of 118 innocent men, women and children in the village of Qana, South Lebanon in April 1996 The reader is taken on patrol with the Irish army and shares in their black humour, their fears, frustration and pain It is through this odyssey that the heartbreaking nature of peacekeeping operations as seen through Irish eyes is laid bare like never before Blood, Sweat and Tears is above all a story of personal loss, loneliness and the psychological trauma of military service in a time of war Tom Clonan served as an Irish Army Officer from 1989 to 2000 He is Security Analyst with the Irish Times, where he provides in depth defence and military analysis of fast moving international events He also provides expert military and security analysis to RTE television and radio, and international broadcasters including the BBC and Sky News Blood, Sweat and Tears is his first book.

    One thought on “Blood, Sweat and Tears: An Irish Soldier's Story of Love and Loss”

    1. This was the only unread book in my house so I picked it up expecting a hard read. From the first page I was hooked - Tom Clonan is a great storyteller and it was so easy to digest. Great read!

    2. A thoughtful personal reflection on the Irish Army and its role in Lebanon in 1996. Well written, at times funny while others sad.

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