04 Oct 2022

Tipperary soldier who served as part of UN Congo mission has died

Nenagh's Joseph Mitchell was in Niemba battalion

Tipperary soldier who served as part of UN Congo mission has died

The late Joseph Mitchell

A Nenagh man who served with the Irish Defence Forces in the Congo in the early 1960s has died.

Joe Mitchell was part of the 33rd Battalion that was stationed in Niemba where nine Irish soldiers were killed at an ambush November 8, 1960. He also served in the 12th Battalion.

Among other Nenagh and Tipperary natives who served in the Congo were Billy McGrath, Tommy Nagle, all Nenagh; Martin Corrigan, Nenagh and Lorrha; Tony Foran, Nenagh and Limerick; Liam Gaffney, Cloughjordan; Michael Power, Jim Hough and Jim's late brother Fr Tom Hough, Borrisokane; Lieutenant T Ryan, Burgess; John Grace, Ballinahinch; John Glennon, Wilton, Ballymackey, and Ned Fox, Luska, Puckane;  Sean Foley, Puckane.

Mr Mitchell of Cormack Drive and late of Knockanpierce and St Joseph's Park, died this Monday.

He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Pre-deceased by his father Joe; mother Brigid; and sister Mary.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife Marie; and family Breda, Valerie, Marie, Joseph, Sandra, Pearse, Josephine, David and Majella; grandchildren and great grandchildren, brothers and sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Ryans Funeral Home, Nenagh this Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm.

Remains arriving to St. Mary's of the Rosary Church, Nenagh on Wednesday for Requiem Mass at 12pm, followed by burial in Lisboney New Cemetery.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Dementia Ireland.

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