It's real, it actually happened.' He was telling me because it involved a unit of Irish United Nations peacekeepers in Africa who found themselves under siege in a compound near Jadotville
, led by Jamie Dornan (in a green uniform as opposed to his shades of grey non-clothes!) as Commandant Pat Quinlan leading 150 Irish soldiers sent to Africa when Congolese President Patrice Lemumba was usurped by General Moise Tshombe and later assassinated.
Bernadette has opened up on the pain she still feels after her brother took his own life in 1991 - 30 years after his brave duty as a 16-year-old soldier at the famous Siege of Jadotville
in the Congo.
In 1961 he and 156 comrades were posted to Jadotville
, now called Likasi, where a local politician backed by mercenaries had declared the region independent from the rest of the country, in a post-colonial power struggle for the rich mineral resources of the area.
One man has no doubt however, how this should be done - John Gorman, a non-commissioned officer who survived Jadotville
Mr Craughwell said: "Jadotville
and the wider UN Congo mission remains unfinished business.
In between sips of coffee and bottled water, Jamie talked about 'The Fall,' the TV series where he plays Paul Spector, a serial killer; Dakota Johnson and their next two 'Fifty Shades' films, where he reprises his Christian Grey character; 'The Siege of Jadotville
,' where he portrays Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in early 1960s Congo; his life with Amelia and their two daughters in a country house in Somerset, South West England.
WHEN Jamie Dornan donned military fatigues and a Kerry accent to play soldier Pat Quinlan in Siege At Jadotville
, he brought a little-known story to audiences across the world.
Starring Jamie Dornan, "The Siege of Jadotville
" tells the story of Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan as he leads his troops in a standoff against Belgian and French mercenaries in the Congo.
11); martial arts sequel "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" (early 2016); "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," starring Paul Reubens (March 2016); "Jadotville
," a true-life drama headlined by Jamie Dornan; and the Brad Pitt military parody "The War Machine." But as it expands into original films, Netflix will shed a number of pre-existing titles, such as "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction," by ending its deal with the premium movie channel Epix, which is owned by Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate.
Although the use of the Fouga Magisters had been discounted by earlier inquiries on account of their limited range, the Commission report states: "If stationed not at Kolwezi [in Katanga] but at Jadotville
or Kipushi, or if able to refuel en route, a Fouga would have had no difficulty in reaching Ndola and returning."
The long-forgotten battle occurred in the Congo in 1961, when soldiers of the Athlone town-based Western Command were deployed to The Congo as part of an ill-fated UN mission.Billeted in the bleak unforgiving landscape of Jadotville
, the 150 Irish troops came under attack from 4000 Belgian-led Katanga forces.
A HERO of the Battle of Jadotville
has presented awards to serving Irish military personnel who embody the best of Irish Defence Force's Values.