Ardcandrisk, Wexford. Bridge Destroyed and Deadly Ambush

A repaired Ardcandrisk bridge, just outside Wexford town. It was just one of over 40 bridges which were blown up/destroyed during the Civil War in Wexford. They were damaged by the anti-Treaty IRA who were attempting to restrict the ability of Free State troops to move freely around the county.

A Leyland troop carrying lorry similar to one attacked at Ardcandrisk. This Civil war era photo is from Bruff, Co. Limerick (National Library of Ireland collections) .

Ardcandrisk was also scene of an ambush on a Free State convey in December 1922, which saw one soldier killed and two others wounded when a land mine exploded beneath their Leyland lorry.  The dead soldier was John Dooley from Newbridge, Co Kildare, while the injured men were Timothy Washington and Lieutenant Darby.

 

References

Leinster Leader newspaper, 9-12-1922, p. 17

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