On the 14th August,
1920, a British army plane made a
forced landing near Clonbanin, about four miles south of the town of Kanturk. Shortly afterwards about twenty
British soldiers were deployed from Kanturk garrison to guard the plane.
Just before dawn on
the following morning a party of about twenty volunteers under Jack O'Connell, the Battalion O.C. moved into the
area, with the intention of attacking
the armed guard. When they got to the fence adjoining the field, the were
surprised by a sentry, who was shot dead as he attempted to fire on
them. The British had
now been alerted and opened fire on the
volunteers. As the element of
surprise was now gone, the I.R.A.
party retreated without sustaining any casualties.
morning the British were actively attempting to track down those responsible for
the attack. At Derrygallon,
about three miles south-west of Kanturk, Paddy Clancy and Jack O'Connell had been sleeping at OíConnellís house when it was surrounded
by police and soldiers.
The two tried to
fight their way out but some distance from
the house they were both shot dead. The men had been seen in the area by an
informer who had immediately passed on the information to
the British in Kanturk.
Paddy Clancy, who was
creamery manager at Allensbridge Co-Op near Newmarket, had only just been
appointed leader of the soon to be formed brigade flying
monument at Derrygallon, North Cork.
As a postscript to
the story, a Sergeant Dennehy, who had been based in Kanturk at the time of the
shootings, moved to Paddington Police Station in London shortly after. This
information was passed to the Republican G.H.Q. in Dublin and two men were
dispatched to London to execute him. He was shot not far from the main platform
of Paddington railway station.