The thirty five Irish people who died in the Korean War are remembered at Lixnaw in County Kerry.
The Korean War (25 June 1950 - 27 July 1953), fought between the Republic of Korea (now South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) claimed the lives of over two and a half million people.
The North Korean forces were supported by China while the United Nations backed United States (US) troops, many of whom served a country which became their home as a result of emigration.
At the unveiling of a monument by the Korean and the US ambassadors to Ireland thirty five of Ireland’s sons and daughters who were lost in that conflict were remembered. Twenty nine men who had been conscripted into the US Army, five Columban priests and an Anglican nun.
Korean Ambassador Jongrak Kwon remarks on,
Their contribution to our freedom.
US ambassador James C Kenny describes the sacrifice made by the Irish as a contribution to
A great cause, to try and help the people of Korea gain back their country with some dignity.
John Canty is present to remember his uncle John from Ahabeg in Lixnaw, who was killed in Action on 26 August 1951. Lack of employment in Kerry meant emigration was the only option for him, says his nephew,
He had to go to America to get work, he wasn't long there when he decided to join the army.
The bodies of many of those who died were never identified or returned. Now their relatives have a place where they can remember them.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 July 2005. The reporter is Paschal Sheehy.
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