Some survivors of the Siege of Jadotville later died by suicide via Irish Defence Forces

The son of the Kerryman who led the Irish soldiers who survived the 1961 Siege of Jadotville says it’s possible around 10 of the men later took their own lives.

The members of the Irish army were part of a UN peace-keeping mission in Congo when they were attacked by 3,000 soldiers led by French and Belgian mercenaries.

The late Colonel Patrick Quinlan from Hogs Head, Caherdaniel led the Irish troops.

Despite being heavily outnumbered in the Siege of Jadotville, no Irish soldier was killed.

But when they returned home, they were treated as cowards.

Last night’s meeting of the Trinity Women’s Graduates’ Association in Dublin heard that a number of men later died by suicide.

Patrick Quinlan’s son, Leo, who’s a retired commandant, believes that post-traumatic stress from the siege and the Jadotville survivors’ subsequent treatment by the UN and Irish authorities may have been factors in these men’s deaths.

Leo Quinlan says his father Patrick was aware that a number of his men had died by suicide.

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