I ndil cuime an
Lt Tadg MACTearane
Olgaig na hEireann
A Manbuisnara mbnini
29th la de lughnara1920
Ar deir de sonaiba aram
Gaelsgoir republican gravestone
On Sunday 29th August 1920, young Tim Fitzgerald from Mawmore brought a dispatch to the Doyle’s of Kilmore, regarding an ambush that was to take place near Brinny bridge at approximately 3 pm that day. A local informer tipped off the Essex Regiment, which caused them to change their direction.
Sean Hales lay in wait with his small party, but the Essex, having left the road and travelling across country, came in behind them and opened fire. Lieut. Tim Fitzgerald was killed in the exchange of fire, being the first IRA volunteer to be killed in West Cork in the War of Independance.