Clonmult Ambush Site Holds 98th Commemoration

Cllr Susan McCarthy and Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley

The 98th Anniversary commemoration of The Clonmult Ambush was held on Sunday last at the site of the Ambush at Garrylaurence, Clonmult. The large attendance including family and relatives of the 24 men who were in the house on that fateful day on 20 February 1921.

Local man James Leahy introduced the commemoration saying, “We gather today on the 98th. Anniversary of The Clonmult Ambush, to commemorate those who died, those who were injured and those whose lives were impacted by the events on this site 98 years ago. Today provides an opportunity for us to join with their families in recognising their deeds and remembering their actions.”

The Chairman Christy O’Sullivan, welcomed the Deputy County Mayor Cllr.Mary Linehan Foley, families of the deceased volunteers, Canon John Terry, Fr. Barry O’Flynn and Fr. Eddie Griffin, Minister David Stanton, TDs, Councillors and the large attendance on behalf of the Clonmult Ambush Centenary Committee. He said, “This morning we gather here to remember the Volunteers who took part in the Clonmult Ambush. The IRA suffered its greatest loss of Volunteers in the conflict on this site. Twelve men were shot dead, eight taken prisoner, two of whom were later executed.”

He then introduced Tom O’Neill, Author of the “BATTLE of CLONMULT” who gave a brief account of the Ambush and Mr.Alan Dukes, guest speaker who gave a very wide-ranging talk on Anglo Irish relations over the centuries and how the impacted not only on Ireland but many countries throughout the world.

Eileen Hegarty and Halle Hegarty-O'Driscoll, Cllr Noel Collins and Cllr Michael Hegarty

The Chairman thanked all those who attended and assisted to the success of the event including Cathy Keniery, Roy Kelleher Bugler, Piper Christy McCarthy and the local community in Clonmult.

This was followed by a minute’s silence with the silence being broken by Piper Christy McCarthy playing a Lament.

The coming years will see many commemorative events and undertakings as we remember the War of Independence and Civil War. Let us never forget this pivotal time in the formation of the Irish Nation and let us never forget the brave men of Clonmult 1921.

The event concluded with the playing of the Last Post, Reveille and the hoisting of the National flag to full mast.