Jadotville heroes get their long awaited medals

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.

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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