Memories of the Battle of the Tunnel
Interviewed for MAOHP - 30/01/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_003_G
Location(s): Elizabethville Katanga
Colonel Seán Norton enlisted in the Irish Army in January 1955 at the age of nineteen. Sixty-two years later, he sat down at Cathal Brugha Barracks to offer his memories to the MAOHP. In December 1961, Colonel Norton was one of three Platoon Commanders at the Battle of the Tunnel in which two Irish soldiers were killed, including one of the Platoon Commanders, Lieutenant Paddy O'Riordan. Norton was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for his role in the battle. In this piece of audio, Colonel Norton recalls some of his memories of the battle.