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Three generations of McInerney’s from L-R: Jim displaying his All Hurling medal that he won in 1995. David holding the gun used by his great grandfather Jimmy in the Glenwood Ambush of 1921, and David’s grandfather or Jim’s father Tom McInerney displaying David’s All Ireland Hurling medal that he won in 2013.

Centenary events to mark Glenwood Ambush

THE centenary of the Glenwood Ambush will be celebrated on Sunday next (October 31).

Proceedings will begin with a centenary mass in Kilkishen church at 1pm and this will be followed with the unveiling of a Sculptured Plaque at the ambush memorial site in Glenwood immediately after the Mass at around 2.15pm.

Free bus transport will be provided from the church to Glenwood directly after mass. A Glenwood Centenary Book will also launched. This 150-page publication will provide detailed accounts of the ambush by different people and including the reprisals by British forces in its aftermath. The plan is to have it on sale over the weekend, after masses, and at the commemorative event in Glenwood

The ambush marks the 100th year since the ambush in January of 1921. Because of the lockdown at the start of this year, ceremonies were deferred.

Sunday’s events will mark the incident in which a motorised patrol of ten armed Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) members and Black and Tans, travelling from Sixmilebridge to Broadford, were ambushed as they approached the back gate of the now ruined Glenwood House.

Thirty-seven armed volunteers, from the East Clare Brigade of the IRA, led by Michael Brennan of Meelick ambushed the forces of the crown. As the patrol passed by the gates, a fusillade of gunshots fired by the waiting group, struck the patrol. Six RIC and Black and Tans were killed, two were injured and two escaped unhurt. The ambush party withdrew in good order through the forest and mountains to the East of Glenwood, towards Oatfield. The surviving members of the patrol made their way back to Sixmilebridge. The local people on hearing of the news of the ambush, braced themselves for the inevitable retribution which would follow. In an orgy of violence on that evening and on the following days, Black and Tans and Auxiliaries burned houses, destroyed property and terrorised and assaulted local people. The ambush is considered to be one of the most notable events of the War of Independence in East Clare.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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