The highly acclaimed new Irish film “THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE” based on the book of the same name by Declan Power, and starring Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, opens in Carrick Cineplex on Friday next, 30th September for 7 nights only.
The film records the heroic defence of Jadotville in the Congo by ‘A’ Company, 35th Irish Battalion exactly 55 years ago.
‘A’ Coy held out for 6 days against overwhelming odds before being forced to surrender as they had run out of water, food and ammunition.
While they suffered a number of wounded, there were no Irish troops killed, although 'A' Coy inflicted heavy casualties on the mercenaries who surrounded them. Their miraculous escape from fatalities has been attributed to the superior courage, training and resourcefulness of the Irish troops and their clever use of military tactics.
‘A’ Coy was largely composed of men from the Western Command, including some from the Boyle/Carrick-on-Shannon area, many of whom had served with the local 19Bn FCA.
This fine movie which was premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh, has been likened to an Irish version of “ZULU”, the classic war movie, and its battle scenes have been particularly praised by experienced film critics, many of whom give it 4 stars!
It has taken the Irish State over half a century to recognise the bravery and military skills of these brave UN peacekeepers, and moviegoers have 7 days only to see this epic on the big screen.
Special matinees can be arranged for schools, community groups and veterans who served with Irish UN units in the Congo between 1960 and 1964, and their families. Contact 086-2588091 for further details.