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Deceased members of the Defence Forces who fought in the Siege of Jadotville have been remembered at a special ceremony in Dublin.

In September 1961, the A Company of the 35th Battalion, which was on a UN mission to keep the peace in the newly independent Congo, found itself surrounded and under attack by more than 3000 rebels.

The 157 strong Irish company which was led by Waterville native Commandant Pat Quinlan was forced to give up its arms after a six-day siege.

As part of the event yesterday at Collins Barracks Dublin, 21 white doves were released and a there was a wreath-laying ceremony.

Among those attending were survivors of the six-day battle and relatives.

The events of 1961 were recently portrayed in the Netflix movie The Siege of Jadotville.