Longford soldier Michael Tighe on the red carpet at Dublin premiere of The Siege of Jadotville

Longford soldier Michael Tighe on the red carpet at Dublin premiere of The Siege of Jadotville

Longford soldier Michael Tighe walked the red carpet at the film premiere of The Siege of Jadotville in the Savoy in Dublin on Monday night.

The film is based on the true life incidents of 154 Irish UN soldiers, including Michael, who were attacked by a local Katangan force, led by French and English mercenaries in what became known as The Siege of Jadotville.

Twelve Longford men were involved in the ambush, but despite being outnumbered and outarmed they prevailed for five days until they ran out of food, water and ammunition.

Their Commanding Officer Pat Quinlan negotiated ceasefire, and the men were taken as prisoners of war for a month. On their release and subsequent return to Ireland, they were laughed at and treated as cowards.

Speaking to the Longford Leader, Michael said the film was “fantastic and very realistic,  bringing back memories that were best forgotten.

“However, it was a superb show and I would find it hard to have a more memorable night. I met guys that I had not seen for 55 years.”

The men of Company A were recognised at a ceremony in Custume Barracks Athlone last Saturday, which Michael also attended.

In next week's Longford Leader read an interview with Michael who will give his account of The Siege of Jadotville, from the trenches to the red carpet.