Trooper Pat Mullins
Interviewed for MAOHP - 24/06/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_002_E
In this clip, extracted from an interview undertaken in June 2016, Commandant Magennis speaks about his connection to the story of Trooper Pat Mullins. Mullins, an 18-year-old soldier from Kilbehenny on the Cork-Limerick border was killed on 14 September 1961, when his armoured car was ambushed in the city of Elisabethville in Katanga. Trooper Mullins was killed after a gun battle in which he heroically tried to protect a dying colleague, Corporal Nolan. After Mullins was eventually killed, both bodies were removed by the Katangese. Only after a determined search operation led by Art Magennis, was the body of Nolan recovered. However, the body of Trooper Pat Mullins was never recovered. Together with Private Kevin Joyce from Galway who was kidnapped and killed in the Lebanon in 1981, they are the only Irish soldiers to remain Missing in Action from Ireland's UN missions.