“New Book to Commemorate the Centenary of the Tourmakeady Ambush 1921
On the 3rd May 1921, men from the South Mayo Brigade of the Irish Volunteers carried out a daring ambush in Tourmakeady village against members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and The Black and Tans. These men were led by Brigadier Tom Maguire and Adjutant Michael O’Brien. There were over seventy men on the Irish side, men from Cross, The Neale, Cong, Ballinrobe and Srah in Tourmakeady.
In this Centenary year, we remember these men and the manner in which they took on the mightiest empire on the planet to seek their right to rule their own country. We also remember all the men and women on both sides of Lough Mask that sheltered, fed and hid the men from British Forces, at great danger to themselves. We wish to honour these brave men and women with dignity, respect and pride.