Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Photo of the Day
While driving yesterday from Ballinalee to Granard (in Co Longford) I passed this memorial marking the spot of the Clonfin ambush in February 1921. On that day two vehicles carrying ten British Auxiliaries was ambushed at this site by a column of 21 IRA men led by the Great Sean MacEoin (future army Chief of staff and Fine Gael Minister for Justice and Defence). Four Auxiliaries were killed, the remaining six were captured, treated for their wounds and released. One month later MacEoin would be captured after a shootout in Mullingar train station in which he was severely wounded. He was taken to Dublin, put on trial and sentenced to death. However, two of the surviving auxiliaries from the Clonfin ambush made statements attesting to his treatment of them as prisoners. This caused enough of a delay of his execution for the truce to come into being in July 1921, thus saving his life. MacEoin died in 1973. I have a very busy week ahead of me folks so I do not expect to be doing much blogging.