March 5, 1921, dawned bright and clear on the Mallow – Killarney road (N-72 today) west of Clonbanin, Co. Cork. The men of Seán Moylan’s Cork No. 2 (North) Brigade and Thomas McEllistrim’s Kerry No. 2 (South) Brigade of the Irish Volunteers began to move into position on the north and south sides of the road. They believed a convoy was on the way that included a British general. Moylan was attempting to kill or capture his third British general of the war, and his second in five weeks. On June 26, 1920, Moylan was in a group commanded by Liam Lynch that captured General Cuthbert Lucas in Kilbarry. In late January he commanded another ambush at Tureengarriffe in East Kerry that mortally wounded General Philip Armstrong Holmes, Divisional Commissioner of the RIC for the counties of Cork and Kerry. Brigadier General Hanway Robert Warren Cumming and his convoy prepared to head east from Killarney. They would collide with Moylan's men that afternoon in Clonbanin. Joe Gannon tells the full story of the ambush.

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