The son of man from Cooraclare led the operation in Iraq to capture Saddam Hussein.

Colonel James B Hickey was the man in charge of 'Operation Red Dawn' which resulted in US soldiers capturing Saddam Hussein. Col Hickey is the son of a man from County Clare, Jim Hickey.

In Cooraclare, County Clare, Colonel James Hickey's aunt Mary Quealy said that all the family were relieved he was safe after such a dangerous mission.  

Mary Quealy had been making scones when a neighbour called to say that Col Hickey was after capturing Saddam. News of his involvement was later confirmed with a telephone call from the Hickey family in Chicago. The family were surprised to hear that Col Hickey had led such an important mission in Iraq.  According to Bríd Hickey, Col Hickey was very calm about the whole thing.

What's the big deal? We've got him and that's it.

Jim Hickey senior had emigrated to Chicago in 1950. Col Hickey last visited Cooraclare thirteen years ago and his relatives are now hoping that the man being hailed a hero will now make a return visit. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 December 2003. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.