Preparations and Departure for Congo (1961)
Interviewed for MAOHP - 13/10/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_008_K
Location(s): McKee Barracks
Here Corporal Seamus McDermott speaks about his preparations for a tour to the Congo in 1960. He states that 'there was very little preparation from a military point of view' with the 35th Battalion. He recalls the journey to the Congo on the Globemaster plane, which was the first time he was ever on a plane. He also recalls a parade at McKee Barracks before they left which was reviewed by the then Taoiseach Seán Lemass and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.