#OnThisDay 1921 Donnchadh O’Hannigan & the East & Mid Limerick IRA attacked a patrol of RIC & Black and Tans at Dromkeen killing 11. Nine RIC died during the ambush & two more in the days following. Two of the prisoners were executed after the surrender by Maurice Meade, a WW1 vet who fought for the British Army, was captured by the Germans, joined Casement’s ‘Irish Brigade’ and then joined the IRA. Arms & ammo were collected. Harsh British reprisals followed.
Donnchadh O’Hannigan is reported to have been the first man to implement flying columns which impressed Michael Collins who took the idea and made it nationwide.