Remembering Volunteer Bernard Moynihan on this Day 1921 – 2021

From the Clonbanin Ambush Centenary Commemoration Committee
“Today Wednesday 30th June 2021 is another day the Tricolour is at half-mast, at our Centenary Monument in Derrinagree Church Carpark. To commemorate the sad death of one of our local Heroes, Martyr and Victim of the War of Independence. Today we honour and commemorate the life and death of Volunteer Bernard Moynihan. On Thursday evening, 30 June 1920, in the vengeful aftermath of the IRA ambush at Rathcoole, a party of Auxiliaries ‘fired on two youths who were saving hay on Murphy’s farm at Rathcoole Co Cork and killed Bernard Moynihan who was born in the year 1902 and was dead before the year of 1921 ended at the young age of 19 years. By that time Bernard was already a veteran of the local volunteer activity, and had played his part in the fight for Irish freedom. Bernard Moynihan was ‘the only son of a small farmer’ at Shanakill near Kilcorney.
On the morning of Saturday June 30th 1921 young Bernard Moynihan left his home in Shanakiel to travel a mile down the road to the farm of Con Sylvestor Murphy to give a hand at saving the hay. Bernard would join his two friends Mick and Sylvie sons of Con Sylvie and help out with the task ahead. After a long hot and hard day under the blazing sun saving the hay they went for a well earned tea break, and a short time after Bernard Moynihan lay dead shot by a single bullet to this head. Very different reports from the British side portrayed his death as having occurred as a legitimate response to an attack. It was said that Moynihan had been shot by some Auxiliaries returning from Banteer to Millstreet; the Auxiliaries claimed that a bomb had been thrown at one of their Lorries at Rathcoole Bridge, and that they had returned fire. The Auxiliaries also claimed that they had shot Moynihan only after he had ignored their order to halt. The British declared that it was not practical to hold a military court of inquiry into Moynihan’s death.

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Richard and Hanora Forde of Bolomore

> Hi Millstreet … but of a long shot. I have traced my great great grandparents back to Bolomore Rathcoole… just wondering if any Forde people in the area ?  – FB: Daisy Barrett Genuardi (14th Jan 2020)  [comment] [facebook<email> FB

> Thanks so much I will certainly give it a go ! I was in millstreet on 2011. We scattered my grandads ashes !

> My great gran was Ellen ( their daughter She married a Barrett)

> My dad talks about grandad’s brother Richie who went to america

Below are our notes on the family:

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Historic Launch at Rathcoole Airfield on Monday Morning

With national media present at Rathcoole Airfield on Monday morning, 2nd Sept. 2019 – Coordinator supreme, John Kearney and his superb Team witnessed their dream become reality when Tánaiste Simon Coveney officially cut the tape to launch the start of the all-important Air Ambulance Service.   Here we share the first four of many more images recalling the historic event.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Sheila Fitzgerald with Pascal Sheehy of RTÉ