98th Anniversary Clonmult Ambush Commemoration set for February 17th

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The 98th Anniversary of the Clonmult Ambush will be commemorated at the Ambush site at Clonmult on Sunday, February 17th at 12.30pm. A Mass of Remembrance in St. Laurence’s Church, Clonmult at 11 am will be celebrated by Canon John Terry son of Edmond Terry who survived the Ambush.

This year we are delighted to have Mr. Alan Dukes (pictured), former Minister who has a family connection with the Ambush as our guest speaker. Mr. Dukes in replying to our invitation said he was delighted to be invited to deliver this year’s oration and looked forward to visiting the site.

On 20th February 1921 during an action in Clonmult, seven miles northeast of Midleton, County Cork the IRA suffered its greatest loss of volunteers in conflict. Almost the entire East Cork flying column was wiped out in a single defensive action. Twelve men were shot dead and eight men were taken prisoner. Two of the prisoners were subsequently executed.

It was at once a deadly blow to the IRA and a battle of terrible cruelty; several of the volunteers were callously shot following their surrender and only the arrival of a British Army officer prevented the killing of the injured and remaining volunteers.

The Clonmult Ambush Commemoration Committee is drawn from the local community who have come together to commemorate this tragic event of the War of Independence. The Commemoration includes a cross laying ceremony on behalf of each of the 24 men who had been in the house on that fateful day.

We would like to see as many as possible attend the event and family relatives of the men involved. Ample parking adjacent to the site will be available on the day.