Ireland After 55 years, Irish soldiers awarded medals for Siege of Jadotville

19:51  02 december  2017
19:51  02 december  2017 Source:   Journal.ie

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IRISH SOLDIERS FROM the Siege of Jadotville will finally receive bravery medals – almost 56 years after they fought. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “I am very pleased to announce this decision to award medals to the men of “A” Company.

An Bonn Jadotville is inscribed with “cosaint chalma” and “misneach” – the Irish words for ‘valiant defence’ and ‘courage’.

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SOLDIERS OF THE Siege of Jadotville and the families of deceased members of the infantry were today presented with medals honouring their bravery and courage.

The siege of Jadotville was an event that occurred during Ireland’s peacekeeping mission in the Congo in September 1961.

The 158 Irish soldiers found themselves fighting against 5,000 of Kantanganese troops to survive, as their supplies of ammunition, food and water dwindled over the course of 5 days.

Today, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe presented An Bonn Jadotville to members of the ‘A Company’, who took part in the Siege of Jadotville in September 1961.

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A special medal is to be awarded to all the Irish soldiers who fought during the Siege of Jadotville . Legislation will have to be introduced to allow the Government award the medals to the men or their next of kin.

After the incident no Irish soldier received any decoration for his actions at Jadotville , although Quinlan recommended a number of his men for the Military Medal for Gallantry (MMG), Ireland's highest award for ^ a b c "Bravery of Irish soldiers at Jadotville siege to be examined – Naughten".

Speaking at the ceremony, the minister told the soldiers and family members who had gathered at the medal ceremony in Athlone, “the retelling of the events at Jadotville does not and cannot reflect the incredible reality of what happened during the siege and its aftermath.

It can only briefly suggest the courage you showed in your willingness to act and the bravery displayed in your every actions.

a man wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Irish amy survivor Tadhg Quinn from Limerick during the presentation of the Jadotville Medal today. © Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Irish amy survivor Tadhg Quinn from Limerick during the presentation of the Jadotville Medal today.

Despite the overwhelming numbers opposing them, the men of A Company retained their resolve and remained unshaken during the attack.

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After 55 years , Irish soldiers awarded medals for Siege of Jadotville . 52 minutes ago 2,894 Views 19 Comments. An Bonn Jadotville is inscribed with “cosaint chalma” and “misneach” – the Irish words for ‘valiant defence’ and ‘courage’.

The event was organised to formally recognise the bravery of the soldiers 55 years after they were attacked while on United Nations duty in the region. 160 Irish soldiers were attacked by 3,000 enemy troops yet less than ten were injured in the siege . Speaking at the event, Mr Kehoe said: "I am

Minister Kehoe and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny decided to award a medal to the men of ‘A Company’ on 13 June 2016.

The word ‘Jadotville’ is depicted on the clasp of the medal and the medal ribbon represents a combination of an Irish tricolour and the United Nations Operation in Congo mission medal.

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