Last Saturday, a ceremony was held in Cork to remember the 97th anniversary of the Kilmichael ambush on its very site. 

Almost 100 years ago Irish rebels ambushed a British army column in a remote part of Cork called Kilmichael. The British soldiers were based on the nearby town of Macroom and were on patrol when 36 members of the IRA led by Commander Tom Barry ambushed them at a lonely, winding section of road.

Seventeen of the 18 British were killed, while three IRA soldiers also died. The fighting was ferocious, with intense hand-to-hand combat reported from the scene. The incident was an enormous change of pace and escalation by the IRA and had serious consequences historically.

For almost a hundred years the site remained largely untouched by time.

Last Sunday, at a monument in Kilmichael remembering the event, a commemoration was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Kilmichael ambush. 

 Happening just one week after Bloody Sunday, the Kilmichael ambush was both politically and militarily significant as although the thousands of men within the British troops in Ireland and the time could handle the loss of 18 men, it was the fact that the IRA had succeeded in wiping out a whole patrol of elite auxiliaries that shocked the most. 

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Last Saturday, a ceremony was held in Cork to remember the 97th anniversary of the Kilmichael ambush on its very site. WikiCommons