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Burgery Ambush
Part of the Irish War of Independence
Date 18 March 1921
Location near Dungarvan, County Waterford
Result IRA victory
Republic of Ireland Irish Republican Army
(Déise Brigade)
United Kingdom Royal Irish Constabulary
(Reserve Force)
George Plunkett Captain DV Thomas
c 20 (initially) 14 (subsequently) 50
Casualties and losses
2 dead 2 dead
2 captured

The Burgery Ambush (Irish: Luíochán Bhurgáiste) was an ambush carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 18–19 March 1921, during the Irish War of Independence.[1] It took place near the town of Dungarvan, County Waterford.



On the night of 18–19 March 1921, IRA volunteers of the West Waterford flying column ambushed a British military convoy in Burgery, about two miles northeast of Dungarvan. The convoy included Black and Tans and Royal Irish Constabulary Sergeant Michael Hickey. In overall command of the IRA unit was IRA GHQ Officer George Plunkett, brother of Easter Rising martyr Joseph Mary Plunkett. Also present was ASU leader George Lennon. A British Crossley tender was set on fire and prisoners taken by the IRA, including Sergeant Hickey. Hickey was later shot dead by an IRA firing squad[2] with a sign reading "police spy" affixed to his tunic.[1] The other prisoners including Captain DV Thomas, the commander of the British garrison, were released.

After the ambush, a group of volunteers (including Plunkett) returned to search for any armaments left behind by the British forces. Crown forces who were now searching the area engaged the IRA party, and Volunteers Sean Fitzgerald and Pat Keating were shot dead. A Black and Tan, Constable Sydney R. Redman[2] was shot dead in the return fire.


Hickey's body was eventually interred at Saint Mary's Church in Dungarvan. Gravediggers initially refused to dig the grave. It was only at the instigation of the parish priest that the unmarked grave was dug. In 2008 it was revealed that his body lies in a plot belonging to his fiancee's family. Both IRA volunteers are interred at the Republican burial plot in nearby Kilrossanty.


  1. ^ Edmond Keohan (2001-07-26). "The Irish War of Independence 1919 - 21". Waterford County Museum. Retrieved 2008-05-25.  
  2. ^ a b RIC Memorial


Gunfire and Civil War Sean and Sile Murphy Clonmel 2005

Rebel Heart: George Lennon: Flying Column Commander Mercier 2009, ISBN 1856356493



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