Replacement medals presented to Kildare Congo veteran at special Rathangan event

Congo Display Day

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Replacement medals presented to Kildare Congo veteran at special Rathangan event

Congo Veteran, Noel O’Neill; Paul Clarke Director 2nd Batt, Assoc.; presentation recipient Congo Veteran Paddy Shiels; Congo Veteran Greg Leech, and Paddy Stamp of the 2nd Batt Assoc

A special Congo Display Day remembering and honouring those who served with the United Nations in the Congo was held in Rathangan last Saturday, March 9.

Organised by John O'Byrne at the NC & JO'B Photography Studio & Gallery, it was a very special day for one local man.

Mr O'Byrne explained: "The day was a huge success with a large array of displays including weapons and vehicles. There was however one main reason for the day, and that was to present a local veteran of the Congo Paddy Shiels with a replacement set of medals as his were 'left behind in country'. Paddy was one of a number of Rathangan men who served in the Congo, he served overseas with the 37th Infantry Battalion and his replacement medals were presented to him in the studio surrounded by family and local community with many serving and retired member of the Defence Forces."

"I have something to show for it now, you can talk all you want about going overseas but now I can show something for it," said Paddy. 

"A huge thanks to the IMVG for the excellent displays, the 2nd Inf Batt Association for their help in organising and presenting the medals, and to Ruth from the Burrow for providing refreshments it was a great day and one that won't be soon forgotten," added Mr O'Byrne. 

Rathangan based photographer John O’Byrne, who was involved in the organising of the community presentation, and Lt. Conor Jamieson of the Defence Forces, Curragh Camp, pictured at the event on Saturday, March 9. Photo Tony Keane

Paddy being presented with his medals PHOTOS: JOHN O'BYRNE