Another blog prompted by the daily update from Stair na hÉireann.
During the Summer, I spotted this plaque outside Millstreet on the road to Mallow. I assumed it to be an ambush of road vehicles. I now know it was an ambush of a train.
It happened 94 years ago.
“To carry out this operation, a number of
Torches made from dry sacking and kerosene oil were then lighted and thrown down the slopes of the embankment, thus giving the attackers a clear view of the interior of the train.
An N.C.O. and 13 military were together in one compartment.
The Volunteer Battalion Commandant called on the military to surrender but the answer was a rifle shot from the train, which
was immediately replied to by slug loaded shotguns and limited rifle fire from the Volunteers.
The Volunteers had only 4 regular Magazine .303 rifles and two single shot .303 rifles.
The firing lasted about seven or eight minutes when the ambushed party shouted "We surrender". The Commandant then ordered, "Stop firing". Firing then ceased but after an interval of about 30 seconds another shot was fired from the train and the Volunteers immediately resumed their fire.
In less than a minute, in response to another shout of "We surrender" from the train the Commandant again ordered the Volunteers to stop firing and the military were ordered to come out of the train and leave their arms.”
Aubane Historical Society