1921 – Clogheen Ambush: Six IRA men from the 1st Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade are massacred when they are surrounded in a barn in Clogheen by the British Army.
Six IRA men from the 1st Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade are massacred when they are surrounded in a barn in Clogheen by the British Army. Their whereabouts may have been provided to army intelligence by a fellow IRA member who broke under questioning. In April 1922, the IRA shot a Patrick O’Connor in New York whom they believed was the informer.
Cornelius O’Keefe farmed 105 acres at Ballycannon, on the road leading from Clogheen to Tower; he lived there with his family. Their house was a known ‘safe house’ where volunteers could shelter when it was unsafe for them to sleep at home. On the farm there were secure hiding places for the guns and explosives with which they carried out their missions. At four in the morning of Wednesday, 23 April, O’Keefe was awakened by a furious knocking on the front door of his house. Upon looking, he…
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