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CANCELLED - Leaving Cert History Workshop: Local Primary Source for "The Secession of Katanga" Presentation By Séamus McDermott

On page 46 of “The Leaving Certificate History Syllabus Topic 5: European retreat from empire and the aftermath, 1945 - 1990” under the heading of Perspective, sub heading Society and economy, the Case study recommended is “The Secession of Katanga, 1960 – 1965. The recent Netflix Film “The Siege at Jadotville” has brought Katanga, and Irish United Nations Soldiers involved in its reunification with The Republic of Congo, back into the news headlines. 

Séamus McDermott, Corporal (retired), enlisted in the Defence Forces in 1957 and trained in the Army Apprentice School in Devoy Barracks, Naas where he qualified as a carpenter and joiner. After his apprenticeship he served with 4th Field Company, Corps of Engineers in Custume Barracks, Athlone. He volunteered for service overseas and in June 1961 he went to the Congo with the 35th Infantry Battalion. He took part in Operations Rampunch and Morthor and was part of Force Kane II, the attempted relief of Irish prisoners at Jadotville. Cpl McDermott served in the Defence Forces until September 1962 and after his military service he worked as a Woodwork Teacher, Guidance Counsellor and Director of Monaghan Education Centre. He was interviewed for the Military Archives Oral History Project on 13th October 2016. He has presented on this topic in Monaghan County Museum, The Old Monaghan Historical Society, plus to a number of Second Level History Students.

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Course Date 27-02-2020 5:00 pm
Course End Date 27-02-2020 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-01-2020
Capacity 23
Available place 22
Cut off date 27-02-2020 5:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Seamus McDermott
Number Hours 2
Location Monaghan Education Centre

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