Ian Gavagan's family, pictured, prepares to meet him as he arrives home after a six-month tour in the Golan Heights, on the Israel-Syria border

Irish boy overcome with emotion when soldier dad returns

A military father returning home to Ireland was greeted with excitement as his young daughter ran over to him shouting, ‘Daddy, Daddy!’

But his young son was too overcome with emotion to even move.

Captain Ian Gavagan arrived home in Dublin after spending six months in the Golan Heights, on the Israel-Syria border.

Video shows the emotional scenes as UN peacekeeper Gavagan is welcomed by his family, including his new wife, Maria.

But Mr Gavagan’s son, Sean, is not found amid the hugging and kissing – he had stopped a few metres away, head down and in tears at the first sight of his beloved father.

Gavagan was one of 100 members of the Casement Aerodrome military base who had returned home last week.

Captain Gavagan had flown home earlier during his deployment to marry Maria and then headed straight back out to the region.

The adorable scene starts with Captain Gavagan’s daughter screaming ‘Daddy!’ and rushing over to greet her father.

There are hugs and kisses until the reunited family realises that little Sean is nowhere to be found in the warm embrace.

Looking back, the family sees Sean where they left him before running – he’s in tears after getting a first glance at his returning dad.

A man, assumed to be a colleague of Captain Gavagan, walks over to Sean, bending down to see if he’s alright and eventually leads him over to greet his father.

Ian Gavagan's family, pictured, prepares to meet him as he arrives home after a six-month tour in the Golan Heights, on the Israel-Syria border

Ian Gavagan’s family, pictured, prepares to meet him as he arrives home after a six-month tour in the Golan Heights, on the Israel-Syria border

His family were seen warmly embracing the UN peacekeeper, one of 100 members of the Casement Aerodrome military base arriving in Dublin

His family were seen warmly embracing the UN peacekeeper, one of 100 members of the Casement Aerodrome military base arriving in Dublin

But little Sean doesn't join in the hug as he i

But little Sean doesn’t join in the hug as he is too overcome with emotion

A man walks over to Sean, pictured, and tries to comfort him as it's all too much for the little guy

A man walks over to Sean, pictured, and tries to comfort him as it’s all too much for the little guy

Sean holds his hands to his face to cover the tears while he is comforted by a man, possibly a colleague of his father

Sean holds his hands to his face to cover the tears while he is comforted by a man, possibly a colleague of his father

The man convinces little Sean to stop crying and go and see his dad

The man convinces little Sean to stop crying and go and see his dad

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