Community Notes Aug 13th
August 09, 2022
During the War of Independence, an ambush took place at Ahawadda, just outside Timoleague on the road to Barryroe. Three RIC policemen lost their lives on that fateful evening of May 10th 1920. It was hoped to hold a remembrance ceremony at the site two years ago but covid intervened. It will now take place on Saturday afternoon next, August 13th. at 3pm.
The RIC men were on route to Ardgehane to investigate a dispute among two neighbouring farmers. Sergeant John Flynn, Constables Edward Dunne and William Brick accompanied by Arthur Grimsdale left the barracks at Main Street, Timoleague on foot. They took a right turn at Ahawadda Cross which would take them to their destination by a shorter route. An ambushing party comprising of volunteers from Kilbrittain and Barryroe under the command of Comdt Charlie Hurley lay in wait. John Flynn, a native of Kildysart, Co. Clare, William Dunne from Clonad, Co. Laois and William Brick of Tralee were killed and Arthur Grimsdale managed to escape.
The remembrance ceremony on Saturday afternoon will be attended by relatives of all three men who lost their lives that day.Timoleague parish priest Fr. Hickey will attend to the religious part of the ceremony and Diarmuid Kingston will give an account of the historical aspect of the ambush.
Festival Table Quiz
Argideen Rangers will hold a table quiz as part of the upcoming annual Timoleague festival. It will take place on Tuesday August 16th @ 8.30pm. Tables of four (€40 per table) will be available in both Charlie Madden's and Pad Joe’s Bar and support would be greatly appreciated.
The first of the fleet of trucks carrying “The Merries” arrived into the village during the past week and parked in their usual spot in “The Green” The Mc Fadden family have been closely associated with Timoleague Festival for many years and their arrival has aroused the interest of the younger generation in particular after an absence of a number of years. The festival committee under new chairman Sean Deasy has been busy putting together an action- packed programme for the ten -day event. There is something to suit all tastes and ages, both indoor and outdoor. A full programme of events can be seen on this newspaper and on social media.
There is music on the street the two week-ends of the festival.On Sat.night the 13th., ThePhoenix Band will entertain. On Friday 19th. it’s the turn of Ger Aherne and The Old Moderns for the outside music. The following night Pa Fitz will do the needful. Those wishing to attend any of the music on the street gigs should note that it is cash only. In Timoleague cash is still king. The forecast is good for the week, so come to Timoleague and let the party begin.