On June 16, 1921, one hundred years ago yesterday, "Paddy" O'Brien and the Irish Volunteers of the newly formed 4th Cork Brigade ambushed a convoy of the hated Auxiliares at Rathcoole, Co. Cork. It would be the last major attack on crown forces in the area before the hostilities were halted by the ceasefire in July. It was one of the few times in the war that a Volunteer unit successfully used mines against a convoy and was also a bit of vengeance for O'Brien, whose family made great sacrifices in the pursuit of Irish freedom. Read the full article HERE

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