PHOTO GALLERY: Longford 'Siege of Jadotville' veteran Michael Tighe honoured

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

Photographer Tiernan Dolan was in Collins Barracks, Dublin last Saturday as Longford Jadotville veteran Michael Tighe was honoured. 

Tiernan explained, "After 55 years the gallant and brave 154 men who fought at the Siege of Jadotville, holding off 3,000 attackers and with no loss of life, have been finally honoured over the last few weeks.

"First by the government at Custume Barracks, Athlone; then by the public and media following the release of the film/movie 'The Siege of Jadotville' and on Saturday by hundreds of fellow veterans at Collins Barracks, Dublin."

Tiernan poignantly added, "Sadly, only about 50 men are still alive."

He concluded, "It was a privilege to have been involved at each event with Jadotville vet Michael Tighe, who served three eventful tours in the Congo in the early 1960s."

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