Monday 24 October 2016

Tribute to soldier missing for 34 years


An emotional tribute has been paid to an Irish soldier who was killed in Lebanon 34 years ago.

Pte Caomhan Seoighe (Kevin Joyce) was 20 when he disappeared in April 1981 after he and Pte Hugh Doherty were attacked while on security duty. His body was never recovered.

Yesterday, his family and friends gathered for a special memorial attended by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney.

After a mass in memory of Pte Seoighe in the small church on the Aran island of Inis Oirr, the mourners led a procession to the memorial site. Pte Seoighe's sister Maire and Mr Coveney unveiled a monument, erected beside the graves of his parents.

The 6ft monument, carved from Inis Oirr limestone, includes the inscription: "Saighdiur Singil Caomhan Seoighe (Private Kevin Joyce). In memory of Kevin who gave his life for the good of world peace while he was carrying out his duties with the United Nations in South Lebanon on 27 April, 1981."

Mr Coveney remembered the young soldier, adding that Irish peacekeepers had helped save the lives of countless people.

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