On 3 February 1921 at Dromkeen, Limerick the East and Mid Limerick Brigades IRA, some 45 riflemen, under the command of Donnocha O'Hannigan ambushed a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) patrol, killing 11 policemen, mostly Black and Tans.
Several of the surviving Tans were subsequently executed because their ‘actions had been treacherous.’ Maurice Mead carried out the executions.
Maurice MeadeMeade writes: ‘O’Hannigan called me and said “Hey Maurice will you shoot one of them?” I agreed to do so. He gave Stapleton the job of executing the other. I took my man down the road and shot him. Then I went down to see how Stapleton was getting on and found that he disliked the job and did not want to do it, so I took the fellow over and executed him. Adams and either Foody or Doyle - were to die from Meade’s gun, executed after being captured. Another had earlier been shot by Meade upon surrendering. He was ‘treacherous’, explained Meade in his memoirs. All three had the wounds to the back of the neck consistent with an execution.
An interesting video of the ambush site and some local history of the incident by Phil Cleary:
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