‘Congo Joe’ and The Niemba Massacre, 1960.

Joe Fitzpatrick-one of the two only survivors of the Niemba Ambush. Photo Credit: Domic Hyde

 

Joe Fitzpatrick-one of only two survivors of the Niemba Ambush, 1960. Photo Credit: MilitaryPhotos.net
Joe Fitzpatrick-one of only two survivors of the Niemba Ambush, 1960. Photo Credit: militaryphotos.net

This is a little radio documentary I put together about a local Dublin man, Joe Fitzpatrick, known to many as ‘Congo Joe’. Whilst serving on a peace keeping mission with the Irish army in The Congo in 1960, Joe was one of two survivors out of twenty four Irish soldiers after an attack by local tribesmen.

The Niemba Ambush was the worst massacre ever in the history of Irish Peacekeeping missions, and Joe is an amazing story teller who brings the events to life. It was a pleasure to interview Joe and to have the opportunity to tell his fascinating story.

Sure give it a listen!

 

 

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