School’s role in hon­our­ing Jadotville he­roes

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A school in Malahide played a piv­otal role in the suc­ces­ful cam­paign to re­ward the brave men of the Siege of Jadotville and that role has been recog­nised in a very spe­cial cer­e­mony at the school, held re­cently.

The cam­paign to recog­nise the hero­ism of Com­pany Ajadotville, which was achieved with the award­ing of the Jadotville Medal last De­cem­ber in Athlone, has been ac­knowl­edged by a spe­cial event in Malahide Com­mu­nity School.

How­ever therei s still the is­sue of seven of the Com­pany be­ing recog­nised for spe­cial awards for brav­ery and in­deed the recog­ni­tion of the bril­liance of Com­man­dant Pat Quin­lan , who brought the whole Com­pany home alive and the school will fight on to have those wrongs righted. The Head of the In­dian Army has stated that if Com­man­dant Quin­lan was a mem­ber of the In­dian Army, he would have re­ceived the High­est Or­der of Merit. In­deed his de­fen­sive mil­i­tary tac­tics have been stud­ied in mil­i­tary acad­e­mies in Italy, Ger­many , Aus­tralia and Eng­land among oth­ers.

A num­ber of in­vited guests ad­dressed the Malahide stu­dents re­cently on the in­fa­mous siege which was im­mor­talised in the film ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. Com­man­dant Leo Quin­lan, his­to­rian and son of Com­man­dant Pat Quin­lan , ex­plained the Siege of Jadotville and the tac­tics em­ployed. Vice Ad­mi­ral Mark Mel­lett, Head of All Iris Armed Forces, was rep­re­sented by Cap­tain Dolan, who spoke about the 60th An­niver­sary of Ir­ish Peace­keep­ing in the UN. A num­ber of politi­cians spoke on the cam­paign, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Ger­ard Craugh­well, Cather­ine Con­nolly Gal­way TD, and Darragh O Brien TD and a for­mer pupil of Malahide Com­mu­nity School: all of whom worked on the cam­paign with the school.

Ac­cord­ing to Malahide Com­mu­nity School teacher, and co-or­di­na­tor of the cam­paign at the school, Kevin Man­ning: ‘For­mer Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was a source of en­cour­age­ment and sup­port through­out this cam­paign and Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar con­tin­ued in this sup­port. Micheal Martin TD had sup­ported the cam­paign from the out­set. ‘

The school ac­knowl­edged the work done by De­clan Power, author of the book ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. De­clan sent the school a per­sonal mes­sage, con­grat­u­lat­ing them on their ef­forts. The he­roes of Jadotville are now recog­nised as the brave men they were and the school can be proud of its role in achiev­ing that recog­ni­tion for men who waited for more than 50 years to be hon­oured.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Malahide Com­mu­nity School, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Jadotville He­roes with Deputy Darragh O’brien TD at a cer­e­mony to hon­our the school’s role in se­cur­ing recog­ni­tion for the Jadotville men’s courage.

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