A wreath-laying ceremony has taken place in memory of the deceased members of the Defence Forces who fought in the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo in 1961.

The ceremony took place in the National Museum Collins Barracks today.  

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

On 9 September 1961 soldiers from Athlone, Mullingar and Finner were on duty with A Company of the 35th Infantry Battalion in the Congo when they came under fire at their UN post at Jadotville. 

The unit endured continuous attacks from ground and air after they were surrounded by a large force supporting the breakaway province of Katanga.

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160 Irish soldiers were attacked by 3,000 enemy troops yet less than ten were injured in the siege.

At least 400 of the attackers lost their lives during the exchanges.

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

Today surviving veterans came to Collins Baracks along with hundreds of veterans from all branches of the Defence Forces for Jadotville Day, which is now to be an annual event for Defence Forces veterans.

The wreath was laid by two of the siege veterans and roses were placed by relatives.