“Peacekeeping is a job not suited to soldiers, but a job only soldiers can do.” – Dag Hammarskjold UN Secretary-General
The 62nd Anniversary of the Niemba Ambush will take place in St. Patrick’s Garrison Church, Cathal Brugha Bks, at 12.00 hrs on Saturday 5th November 2022.
On 8th November 1960, the Niemba Ambush took place in the Congo, it was the first time Irish soldiers were involved in a combat engagement since the ending of the Civil War in 1922.
The Niemba Ambush was and still remains, the greatest loss of life of Irish Defence Forces members in a single incident while serving overseas.
11.45 hrs Arrival at Church
12.00 hrs Remembrance Mass – St. Patrick’s Garrison Church
12.40 hrs approx Remembrance Ceremony – St. Patrick’s Garrison Church
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
More reading and photos:
Military Archives have launched an in-depth online exhibition to mark the 60th Anniversary: https://www.militaryarchives.ie/digital-resources/online-exhibitions/niemba-ambush-anniversary
Defence Forces Flickr Album – Niemba Ambush, 60 Years: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfmagazine/albums/72157716781842402
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