Tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.
Peacekeepers: The Irish in South Lebanon.
Gareth Naughton writes:
Irish peacekeepers have been serving in the Middle East continuously since 1958. In that time, 47 Irish soldiers have paid the ultimate price in the cause of peace while on active service in south Lebanon, an area often beset by conflict and war.
In tonight’s documentary, viewers will hear from Sergeant Michael Merrigan who was serving alongside Private Billy Kedian (22) when he was killed in May 1999 as the Irish outpost where they were stationed came under attack from mortars fired by the South Lebanon Army militia group.
Pte Kedian, from Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo, was killed when a mortar struck directly in camp as the soldiers were making their way to the safety of a bunker, an emergency response known as ‘groundhog’.