After 56 years, Irish soldiers who fought in the siege of Jadotville have finally been awarded medals.
The men of ‘A’ Company, 35th Battalion were on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo – when they were attacked by a much-larger force.
They held out for 6 days before being taken prisoner for a month.
All 158 troops survived – but were largely shunned when they returned to Ireland.
Today’s ceremony marks the end of a decades-long campaign to have their duty recognised with several men and their families from this region accepting the medal today