There was a huge sense of pride at Longford Omniplex recently as the community came out in great numbers for the premiere of The Siege of Jadotville movie.
The evening was organised by Longford Chamber of Commerce.
The idea was first mooted by local activist Tena Keown last year and would not have happened were it not for the herculean efforts of Newtownforbes native, Mary Flynn, who is director of customer services at Netflix. The media company produced the film and Mary Flynn pulled out all the stops to arrange the screening for her home county.
The premiere evening was a tribute to the twelve soldiers from Longford who featured in the notorious battle during the Congo war (early 1960s) and the many men and women who have proudly represented their county and country on overseas peacekeeping duties.
One of the Longford heroes from the Jadotville battle, Michael Tighe of Annaly Park, Longford town, was the grand marshal at this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Mr Tighe and colleagues from the local organisation for ex servicemen, Peter Keenan ONE Longford, were special guests at the premiere on the eve of the parade.