An Irish soldier who died in the Congo in 1960 has been honoured at a ceremony in Dublin.  

Sergeant Hugh Gaynor was one of nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba Ambush, when an 11-man Irish patrol was attacked by Baluba tribesmen.

They were just four months into their United Nations mission.

Crowds gathered in Sgt Gaynor’s home village of Blanchardstown this morning where a plaque was unveiled by Fingal Mayor Mary McCamley.

A childhood neighbour, retired Air Corps pilot Commandant Frank Russell, organised today's event.

Sgt Gaynor's only surviving daughter, Sally Tallon, attended the ceremony along with representatives of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the deployment of Irish Defence Forces on UN peacekeeping missions worldwide, in which 87 personnel have lost their lives.