2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the withdrawal of Irish peacekeeping troops from the Congo. This involvement was Ireland's first major oversees mission under the United Nations flag and one of its most difficult.

Mainly young and inexperienced troops found themselves caught up in a conflict that, over 4 years (1960 – 1964), claimed the lives of 27 Irish personnel – the only fatality never to return home was Trooper Patrick Mullins from Kilbehenny.

Locally, the anniversary was marked by a special ceremony held in Liam Lynch Camp, Kilworth last Thursday afternoon. Here, Post 25 members and veterans of the Congo campaign, received certificates of appreciation signed

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