My father Tom Feely
Interviewed for MAOHP - 24/06/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_001_J
Location(s): Curragh Camp
In this piece of audio taken from an interview on 24th June 2016, you will hear retired Colonel Peter Feely, a veteran of the Congo and one of three Platoon Commanders at the Battle of the Tunnel (December 1961). Colonel Feely was one of 14 men from 'A' Company of 36th Battalion, who received a DSM (Distinguished Service Medal). Here, Colonel Feely recalls hearing on many occasions that his father was a 'good commander' and discerned a large respect for him over the years. He speaks about his father's approach to army life and in particular how he treated the men under his command. He also states that his father was known as Tom 'Turf' Feely because he had once taken a bank of turf near the Curragh and cut his own turf.