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Athlone community to unveil monument to local Jadotville troops

Aug 3, 2022 17:08 By Shannonside News
Athlone community to unveil monument to local Jadotville troops Athlone community to unveil monument to local Jadotville troops
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A group of community members in Athlone are set to unveil a monument honouring a number of local soldiers who fought in the Battle of Jadotville.

Thirteen of the troops from the Irish UN peacekeeping Unit lived on the Assumption Road in the town for many years.

150 Irish soldiers fought off a force of thousands of French, Belguim and Rhodesian mercenaries for several days at the Congolese Village.

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Not a single Irish soldier was killed during the battle, with the troops being captured only after they ran out of ammunition and food.

The unit was lead by Commandant Pat Quinlan, with many of the solider's coming from the Shannonside Region.

Locals from the area have come together to install the monument in honour of the soldiers, with the official unveiling taking place in September.

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Commandant Leo Quinlan is the son of the commanding officer and remembers supporting the families on the Assumption Road during the battle and subsequent imprisonment.

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