The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

CAHERDANIEL will this week­end pay ter­rific trib­ute to one of its most fa­mous sons, Colonel Pat Quin­lan, who was Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Ir­ish troops that came un­der at­tack dur­ing the fa­mous Siege of Jadotville in 1961.

Com­man­dant Quin­lan led the A Com­pany of the peace­keep­ing Ir­ish Army’s 35th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion as it sus­tained an at­tack by lo­cal fight­ers in the Congo 56 years ago, but de­spite fac­ing a five­day as­sault, all 157 Ir­ish soldiers sur­vived the bru­tal or­deal.

Later re­tir­ing as a Colonel af­ter more than 40 years’ ser­vice to the Ir­ish Army, the Caherdaniel na­tive passed away in 1997, but his legacy will now be pre­served in his lo­cal­ity in the form of a bronze plaque em­bed­ded in Valen­tia Slate.

“Enda Kenny will have the hon­our of un­veil­ing of this mon­u­ment, made by Port­magee-based Hol­ger Lonze,” Pat’s son Leo Quin­lan told The Ker­ry­man.

“The un­veil­ing will take place at Com an Chiste Pass in Caherdaniel at mid­day on Satur­day, but if the weather is in­clement, the cer­e­mony will move to the Sea Lodge Ho­tel in Waterville at 12.30pm.”

Out­side of the un­veil­ing, an Army Colour Party and Guard of Hon­our will also take place, with Bri­gadier Gen­eral Pa­trick Flynn and a num­ber of UN Veter­ans also set to in­tend – in­clud­ing a few who also fought in Jadotville.

Colonel Pat Quin­lan was not the only Kerry man to fight in the fa­mous bat­tle, how­ever, and with that in mind, his son Leo has called on rel­a­tives of Cor­po­rals Jimmy Lucey, Pa­trick Burke and Joe Reli­han to join the day’s cel­e­bra­tions.

“I’d be very proud if we could have them with us,” he said. “In­deed, the event is open to ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one, and I hope a good crowd joins us for what will be an his­toric day.”

John Lynch and Noel Fealey (Kel­li­her Agri,Bal­ly­mullen) pro­mot­ing smoke­less fuel at Knock­lee House for the home­less Castle­maine Road,Tralee on Frida. Also in photo are Mike Flem­ing and Martina O’Con­nor (Knock­lee House)

Colonel Pat Quin­lan, hero ofthe Jadotville Siege, will be for­ever re­mem­bered in bronze and slate.

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