Thursday 29 September 2016

Congo veterans honoured 55 years after Jadotville siege

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

Bravery awards: Minister Kehoe gives a citation to Regimental Sgt. Harry Dixon as Pte. Jimmy Taheny from Sligo waits in line. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Bravery awards: Minister Kehoe gives a citation to Regimental Sgt. Harry Dixon as Pte. Jimmy Taheny from Sligo waits in line. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Soldiers from an Irish battalion who fought in the 1961 Siege of Jadotville in Congo, were honoured yesterday. It comes 55 years after they were attacked in the region.

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More than 60 soldiers from battalions based in the midlands and Donegal were commended by Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe in recognition of their bravery.

The veterans and the next of kin of deceased soldiers attended a special ceremony in Costume Barracks, Athlone. It was organised to formally recognise the bravery of the soldiers, after they were attacked while on UN duty in the region.

Soldiers involved had sought acknowledgment for their work for more than 50 years.

Sunday Independent

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