1920 – Three Bandon members of the IRA were killed in an ambush set by the Essex Regiment.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Three IRA men were shot dead on this date and the two deserters from the Essex Regiment were shot by the IRA as a result. The IRA believed their three men were killed as a result of the two deserters setting up a ‘sting’ to trap the IRA.

During the height of the war, two members of the Essex Regiment were seen wandering around Bandon, they were eventually captured, claiming to be deserters. While they claimed they were prepared to join the IRA, they claimed they’d rather return to England. Ultimately, they were taken to column headquarters. During an interrogation one of them said that he had a brother in the barracks in Bandon and his brother wanted to desert as well. The idea of getting arms from Bandon barracks was discussed, arrangements were made, and upon arriving at the assembly point, Captain John Galvin, Lieutenant Jim Donohue and Section-Commander…

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