Annascaul Historical Society has recently been set up, primarily to commemorate the centenary of Ballinclare Ambush. A site for a memorial has been obtained and the design of the monument is ongoing.
The Ballinclare Ambush and the shooting of Paddy Kennedy
In August 1920, at the height of the War of Independence, an ambush took place at Ballinclare near Annascaul. A British army lorry was destroyed with the soldiers on board being taken prisoner. Although they were subsequently released, having been given tea, cake and cigarettes at a nearby farmhouse, reprisals by the Black and Tans saw local man, Paddy Kennedy, shot dead.
Donations towards the costs of the memorial will be gratefully received. Bank details pending.
A Walk Through History: The Ballinclare Ambush and its Aftermath. Bank Holiday Monday 28th October
On 28th October there was a guided walk through key sites associated with the ambush with commentary by John Hanafin. The walk had a great attendance of 40 – 50 people of all ages and we thank John for sharing his knowledge and to the landowners for allowing access.