On Sunday February 20th, 1921, during the Irish War of Independence at Clonmult north east of Midleton in Co. Cork, almost the entire East Cork flying column was wiped out having been surprised by a British Army patrol later reinforced by Auxiliary Police, only one IRA man escaped. Twelve IRA men were killed, seven after surrendering, eight were captured of whom two were later executed.
In this new revised edition of The Battle of Clonmult, Midleton man Tom O’Neill includes the formation of the column, the events leading to the battle, a detailed account of that terrible day for the IRA locally and nationally, the aftermath, trails, executions and reprisals.
This book goes into detail of how the British Army located the column even though the informer had mistakenly directed them to the wrong house.
Extensive new research by Tom in the UK National Archives in Kew, London, led to him locating the original 1921 Military Court file of the trial of the Clonmult prisoners. This and other newly found original documents have resulted in an extra forty pages of new information in the book. It well illustrated with photographs and maps.
The battle of Clonmult resulted in the IRA’s greatest loss of volunteers in a single engagement against Crown Forces.
This is the full, factual, balanced and dramatic account of The Battle of Clonmult.
The book will be launched in Midleton GAA Club, Clonmult Memorial Park, on Sunday October 13th at 7:30pm.