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Carrowkennedy ambush
Part of the Irish War of Independence
Date 2 June 1921
Location Carrowkennedy, County Mayo
Result IRA victory
Republic of Ireland Irish Republican Army United Kingdom Royal Irish Constabulary
(Black and Tans)
Michael Kilroy
33 23
Casualties and losses
none 7 dead[1][2]
16 surrendered

The Carrowkennedy Ambush (Irish: Luíochán Ceathramadh Chinnéide) was an ambush carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 2 June 1921, during the Irish War of Independence. It took place in Carrowkennedy, County Mayo.

The ambush was organised by Major General Michael Kilroy,[1] later Commandant of the 4th Western Battalion of the IRA. He and his flying column of 33 volunteers took up position between Widow Sammon’s House and that of Widow McGreal in Carrowkennedy and awaited a Royal Irish Constabulary patrol. When a unit of Black and Tans arrived, the volunteers opened fire. Seven of the British side were killed/died of wounds[2] and sixteen surrendered. A large quantity of arms were seized. The Black and Tans who surrendered were not killed, even though this policy had been endorsed by IRA General Headquarters (this was due to the terror and mayhem they inflicted on civilians). Many of the local people went into hiding to avoid the retribution of the Tans. The volunteers escaped arrest by sheltering in safe houses.


  1. ^ a b Chronology of Irish History 1919 - 1923
  2. ^ a b RIC Memorial Roll

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