Research Snapshot: Clare during the Revolutionary Years

Research conducted for the History Ireland’s Hedge School recorded on 8 March 2021. Now available on Spotify. [This Hedge School is supported by Clare County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme]. County Clare files in MSPC MEMBERSHIP FILES DIRECT…

The Cross Barry ambush in the MSPC (19 March 1921)

Introduction On 19 March 1921, in a concerted effort to encircle and defeat 3 Cork Brigade IRA Active Service Unit (ASU), a large force of British military, RIC and Auxiliaries (Auxiliary Division RIC/ADRIC) travelling from posts such as Bandon, Ballincollig, Kinsale, Cork and Macroom, converged on an area near Ballymurphy, County Cork. One of the…

The Selton Hill ambush in the MSPC (11 March 1921)

The Selton Hill ambush, also referenced as Glassdrummon or the Gorvagh ambush took place on 11 March 1921 some 8 km from Mohill, County Leitrim. Six members of the IRA were killed and two wounded when surprised by Crown Forces. According to information in the Brigade Activity Report (BAR) for the North Roscommon Bridage Officer…

War of Independence Executions in the MSPC

February 1921 marked a turning point in the number of executions carried out by the British administration in Ireland. By that point in the War of Independence much of Munster and counties in Leinster were under Martial Law. Until February 1921 Kevin Barry had been the only individual executed. Barry had been captured while taking…

The Clonmult ambush in the MSPC (20 February 1921)

The IRA suffered its worst defeat of the War of Independence on 20 February 1921 at Garrylaurence, Clonmult, near Midleton, East County Cork when 12 of its members were killed. Eight others, most of whom were wounded, were captured by British Forces. Two of these were executed the following month. The Flying Column (Active Service…

The Dromkeen ambush in the MSPC (03 February 1921)

On 3 February 1921 the East Limerick IRA Brigade Active Service Unit (ASU), under the command of Donnchadh Hannigan, and Mid Limerick IRA Brigade ASU, under the command of Richard O’Connell, took part in a planned joint attack on two police lorries at Dromkeen, County Limerick. Eleven RIC members were killed or died of wounds….

The Kilmichael ambush in the MSPC (28 November 1920)

On Sunday the 28th of November 1920, one week after Bloody Sunday, came one of the most infamous events of the Revolutionary Period. Seventeen Auxiliaries (Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary) were killed in an ambush led by the 3 Cork Brigade Active Service Unit (Flying Column) under the command of Tom Barry at…

Post Office Robbery, Lisacul, Roscommon

John Merriman, the assistant postmaster at Lisacul, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon reported a terrifying scene to An Garda Síochána at Loughglynn on the morning of 21 November 1930. He stated that earlier that morning, 3 or 4 a.m. three armed, masked men forced their way into the post office he operated with his wife, Elizabeth. He…