Interviewed for MAOHP - 11/07/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_022_B
Retired Barrack Quarter Master Sergeant Paul Cushnan is a native of Athlone, whose father had been in the British army. Cushnan joined the Irish Army in 1947 and retired as Barrack Quarter Master Sergeant. In July 2017, Cushnan offered his memoires to the MAOHP. Here, he discusses his own experience of the Congo in 1960 with 'C' Company of 33rd Battalion. In July 1960, Irish troops were sent to the Congo as part of the United Nations force. The Belgian Congo became an independent Republic on 30 June 1960. Soon after, the Congolese government requested military assistance from the United Nations to maintain its territorial integrity. On 28 July 1960 Lt-Col Murt Buckley led the 32nd Irish Battalion to the newly independent central African country. From 1960 to 1964, 26 Irish soldiers lost their lives in the Congo.