Some photos from the new memorial unveiled in Cratloe, County Clare, marking the site of the Cratloe Ambush on Sunday, April 15 last. There was a large crowd in attendance and the address was well received. It was great to meet some of the Irish Volunteers from Co. Limerick and Co. Clare. Well done to all concerned.
The Cratloe Ambush occured on 13th January 1921, during the War of Independence, when the I.R.A.’s East Clare Brigade ambushed a patrol of R.I.C. and ‘Black and Tans’ travelling from Ennis to Limerick. The republicans under the command of Michael Brennan from Meelick, who later became Chief of Staff of the Irish Army, selected an ambush at Cratloemoyle, Cratloe. Their objective was to attack a lorry of ‘Black and Tans’ that was expected to travel from Limerick. However the ambushers were taken by surprise when a lorry of R.I.C. and ‘Black and Tans’ came from Ennis instead. The I.R.A. opened fire on the lorry as it approached the ambush site killing R.I.C. Sergeant Stephen Carty. A second member of the R.I.C. / ‘Black and Tan’ patrol Sergeant Jeremiah Curtin was fatally wounded in the attack. Several ‘Black and Tans’ travelling in the lorry who escaped were severely wounded.