The Dripsey Ambush 1921

#OnThisDay 1921 A British Army unit was tipped off of an IRA column laying in ambush outside Dripsey, Cork. The British captured 10 men, five of whom were later executed. The tip off came from a local Unionist, Mrs Mary Lindsay, who in turn was executed.

Mrs Mary Lindsay, however, also sent for the local priest, Fr. Shinnick, to warn the IRA men too. Fr. Shinnick had previously denounced the IRA so his warning was not heeded by Frank Busteed & his men. Lindsay & her driver James Clark were executed. Their graves were never found.

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Frank Busteed and IRA

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Mrs Mary Lindsay

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