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Hold Up At Dungarvan Station

The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford

12. Hold Up At Dungarvan Station

Hold Up of R.I.C. at Dungarvan Station (Aug. 1920)
Early in August 1920, a very daring incident took place at Dungarvan Railway Station. I have already made reference to the constant raiding of mails for information purposes. As a result of this the enemy were forced to provide armed escorts, in an effort to ensure the safety of the mail-bags. As soon as it became apparent that this armed party was likely to become a practice, it was decided that an attempt should be made to disarm them. A number of the Volunteers assembled at a spot near the Railway Station in Dungarvan. One of the Volunteers Officers was attired in a British Naval Officers uniform, and remained on the platform as if waiting for the train. Also on the platform was an enemy detective, who watched the arrival and departure of all trains, to report on suspects. When the opportune moment presented itself, this detective was pounced on, his revolver taken from him and hustled to the W.C. which was close by, and placed under guard.

All this time four Volunteers were concealed in the waiting room where they observed all that happened, as well as having a clear view of the road leading to the station. The "Naval Officer" passed the word to the party in readiness at the end of the waiting room, that the armed escort was approaching. They had now reached a point about ten yards from the gate leading into the station. They continued on to the platform and marched in the direction of the waiting room. Just as they came abreast, the Volunteers sprang forward and shouted "Hands Up". The R.I.C. were completely surprised, and all but one complied with the order. He attempted to draw his revolver, but was overpowered and disarmed. The Volunteers now collected the guns, belts, holsters, and ammunition and successfully withdrew from the Station.

Author: Domnall O'Faoláin

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