|Organisation :||Waterford County Museum|
|Article Title :||The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford|
|Page Title :||Engagements At Ardmore & Leigh Cross|
|Page Number :||10|
|Publication Date :||11 October 2010|
|Expiry Date :||Never Expires|
|Category :||Irish War of Independence 1919 - 1921|
Ardmore Barracks (Jan. 1920)
Subsequently, however, when the mining party were crawling into position, [concealed] loop-holes in the gable end were uncovered, and intensive fire was directed at the mining party, which forced their retirement. Firing continued for about two hours, and eventually the attackers had to withdraw, as ammunition was running out, and the old type guns (many of which were obsolete) were not effective against steel shutters. The attackers suffered no casualties, but it was reported that some of the R.I.C. were wounded.
Leigh Cross (Feb. 1920)
The idea was to ambush the enemy at Killongford, but they came earlier than expected, and before the Volunteers had got into position. The Ring section which was coming down the road to join the [main body], encountered the enemy near Robert's Cross, where a sharp exchange of fire took place, while the Ring Party tried to gain cover. Firing continued for a short while, during which one of the Volunteers was wounded, and then the enemy lorries continued on and raided some houses in Ring. The main body of Volunteers remained in position near Killongford, in the hope that the enemy might return by the same route, but instead they returned via Old Parish, Kiely's Cross, Ballinameela, and home by the Bog Road.
Those are but two of the many engagements which took place not alone throughout this county, but all over the country at this period. R.I.C. Barracks and Military posts were constantly attacked as occurred at Stradbally, Cloncoskerine, Tallow and many other places.