Dripsey Ambush
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Approximately a mile from Shandy Hall, on the road from Dripsey to Coachford, near the turn-off for Peake, an unsuccessful ambush took place, between the Irish Volunteers and the British Black and Tans, during the Irish Fight for Independence (1916-1922).
Led by Column Commander Frank Busteed, the Irish Volunteers attempted to ambush a British convoy in January 1921. The convoy was cancelled but the British forces were told about the proposed ambush by an informant. On 28th January 1921 the British forces approached the Irish Volunteers and surrounded them. During the fight which followed, eight Irishmen were captured, five of whom men were executed at Cork Military Barracks (now University College Cork, in February 1921. One man died of wounds, one was set free and one was sentenced to death but was reprieved and held prisoner-of-war until January 1922.
A monument has been erected on the site of the ambush in memory of the men killed, and there is also a memorial to those men at University College Cork.
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Patrick O'Mahony, born Derry, Berrings 23 September 1896. Captured at Dripsey Ambush and executed on 28 February 1921
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The unveiling of the Dripsey Ambush commemoration monument in 1938. Renowned sculptor Seamus Murphy designed and executed the memorial. It replaced a small wooden cross erected in 1924 by Anne MacSwiney – sister of Terence MacSwiney, the former Lord Mayor of Cork.
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The Dripsey Ambush Memorial Parade 1971 on the Fiftieth Anniversary Crossing Over Dripsey Bridge On The Way To The Ambush Monument Site