The Irish Army served with honour in the Congo from 1960 to 1964. When the last Irish soldiers left the Congo in 1964, a total of approximately 6,000 Irish soldiers had served there under the blue helmet of the United Nations.

Sadly though 26 of our comrades died or were killed in action during that time. To remember all our comrades who served in the Congo, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Ireland, ONE has decided to run a virtual challenge.

The overall aim of the virtual challenge is to complete a total of 30,000km, which is approximately the round trip from Dublin to the Congo plus 6,000km, which represents the 6,000 soldiers who served during those 4 years in the Congo. This target will be achieved by totalling the combined effort of all participants over a given time frame of 26 days, to honour our 26 Irish soldiers who died during their service with the United Nations in the Congo.

This virtual challenge is open to Walkers, Runners, Joggers, Swimmers and Cyclists. The Challenge will run from Friday the 1st to Tuesday the 26th of July – each day of the challenge will be dedicated to 1 of the 26 men who died in the Congo.

Register on and follow the instructions. Every participant who registers will receive a t-shirt with the names of the 26 fallen, a medal, and on completion can download their certificate.

Awards will be provided for the following: Top Male, Top Female, Top ONE Team, Top Defence Forces Team, and Top Civilian Team.

Sincere thanks to Dundalk Credit Union and the Defence Forces ANSAC Credit Union for their sponsorship.

If you are not available to participate you can still donate to support the event.

All the proceeds will go towards providing accommodation and assistance to veterans in need.

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