1920 – Rineen Ambush: Six RIC men were killed by the IRA in an ambush.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

One of the most memorable encounters of the War of Independence took place at Dromin Hill, Rineen on this date. The purpose of this act was to get revenge for the murder of Martin Devitt, an Irish soldier who was shot dead in an ambush in February of that year in the locality. A secondary function was to get arms for the poorly equipped volunteers in the area.

Men from several battalions took part in the ambush. The companies in question were Ennistymon, Lahinch, Inagh, Moy, Glendline, Miltown Malbay and Letterkelly. Most of these, however, were unarmed because of the lack of ammunition. The entire lot of arms consisted of sixty rounds of ammunition, eight rifles, two bombs, two revolvers and sixteen shotguns.

Dromin Hill was the perfect spot for an ambush, being 400 feet high, it was possible to see enemy lorries coming from both sides. There was good…

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