Attack on Rearcross Barracks

Breen says that they were invited by Paddy Ryan (Ryan Lacken), captain of Knockfune company to help with this attack.  But Rearcross in is the area of the North Tipperary Brigade and Ryan had not got Brigade HQ approval.  As they were planning the attack, local (or neighbouring) Battalion O/C Doherty came and told them not to attack the barracks.  Ernie O’Malley, Ryan and Breen decided to go ahead.  O’Malley led the attack with about 50 men.  Among those who took part were Paddy Ryan, Yank Carty (Doon Battalion, East Limerick), Sean Tracey, Dan Breen, Jack Ryan, Ned Reilly (South Tipperary Brigade), Jim Gorman and Paddy Dwyer (Hollyford), Jim Stapleton and Paddy Kinnane (Borrisoleigh Battalion, Mid-Tipperary Brigade).  RIC Sgt John Stokes is killed during the attack.  He comes out to shoot at O’Malley, Gorman and Tracey on the roof but is shot in head and neck by Paddy Dwyer.  O’Malley, Gorman and Tracey are wounded.  O’Malley goes back to Dublin and gets treated by Surgeon Taylor in a private nursing home in Pembroke St.

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