Stella O'Malley, author of the book 'Cotton Wool Kids' will give a talk
Sr Aine Historical Society talk on the Siege of Jadotville this week
Despite reports that we had no March lecture, a talk has cropped up at short notice and we will host it next Thursday night March 22nd at 8pm. The Siege of Jadotville took place in September 1961, during the United Nations intervention in the Katanga conflict in Congo-Léopoldville, in Central Africa.
"A" Company, 35th Battalion (UN service) of the Irish Army ONUC contingent was attacked by Katanga Gendarmerie troops loyal to the Katangese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe. The lightly armed Irish soldiers, besieged in Jadotville (modern Likasi), resisted Katangese assaults for six days as a relief force of Irish and Swedish troops unsuccessfully attempted to reach the Irish force. The outnumbered Irish company was eventually forced to surrender after ammunition and supplies were exhausted, but not before inflicting heavy casualties on the Katangese and their mercenaries. They were held as prisoners of war for approximately one month, with no loss of life. The man in charge of the Irish troops was Commandant Pat Quinlan and the Society are delighted to announce, in conjunction with the Pierse McCan branch of the O.N.E., that his son, Commandant Leo Quinlan, will deliver a lecture entitled" Jadotville - The real story".
What makes the story all the more interesting is that Templemore native Seamus Kavanagh was among the 150 strong Irish Contingent. Hope to see you all there
Templemore Library - 'Healthy Ireland' Programme continues
Following an excellent talk by Sean Kenny from Thurles Leisure Centre on 'Exercise and Health' the 'Healthy Ireland' Programme continues this week in Templemore Library when Stella O'Malley, author of the book 'Cotton Wool Kids', will give a talk on Mindfulness and Well-being.
Stella is a psychotherapist, best-selling author and public speaker with many years experience as a mental health professional.
Much of her counselling work is with parents and young people. Her latest book 'Bully-proof Kids; Practical tools to help kids grow up confident, resilient and strong' was released in 2017. Stella will give a free public -information talk in Templemore Library this Thursday, March 22nd at 6.30 pm. All are welcome.
Art exhibition 'From Abstract to Watercolour'
On a slightly different note, 'From Abstract to Watercolour' is the title of a new exhibition by Lisa Gedigk and Noel Morrissey. Both have collaborated in the past with similar ideas and this current exhibition pushes the boundaries even further. Lisa's abstracts contain a range and depth that belie her relative newness to the genre and she takes paths not necessarily dictated by Noel's stunning watercolours. A must-see! This exhibition will run for the month of March.