(Irish War of Independence - First
Cork Brigade area)
Site of the attack at
Beal a Ghleanna
in 1918. The policemen's sidecar was pushed into the
glen on the left.
first armed attack on the Royal Irish Constabulary to occur in Ireland since the 1916 rising took place on Sunday, July 8, 1918 at Beal a Ghleanna
(The Mouth of the Glen), on a mountain road linking Ballingeary and Ballyvourney.
day Constables Butler and Bennett of Ballingeary station had traveled to Ballyvourney to help prevent a Feis being held at nearby Coolea.
As they returned to Ballingeary on a horse-drawn sidecar at about 8 p.m., they were held up near
Renaree by a party of seven
volunteers in search of arms. A
short struggle ensued in which Constable Butler received
a non-fatal bullet wound through the neck.
The police were deprived of their Lee-Metford
carbines, ammunition and equipment and their sidecar was pushed off the road into the glen below.
The volunteers involved that day
were Sean Lynch, Tadhg Twomey,
Liam Twomey, James Moynihan,
Jeremiah O'Shea, Dan Tady Sweeney
and Cornelius O'Reilly.