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Battle of Ballinalee
Part of the Irish War of Independence
Date 3 November 1920
Location Ballinalee, County Longford
Result Army/RIC driven from Ballinalee
Republic of Ireland Irish Republican Army
(North Longford Flying Column)
United Kingdom British Army
United Kingdom Royal Irish Constabulary
Seán Mac Eoin  ?
~300 ~900
Casualties and losses
 ?  ?

The Battle of Ballinalee (Irish: Cath Bhéal Átha na Lao) took place during the Irish War of Independence on 3 November 1920. The Irish Republican Army (IRA), led by Seán Mac Eoin, drove a force of British Army and Royal Irish Constabulary from the village of Ballinalee in County Longford.[1]

The 900 British troops hoped to burn the town as a reprisal, but were repulsed by about 300 IRA volunteers. The village was the only one in all of Ireland to repel the British outright.


  1. ^ p10 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: the life and politics of an Irish revolutionary By Robert William White, Ed Moloney (2006) ISBN 9780253347084

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