Ambush at Tureengarriff (or Toureengarriv)
Two RIC men were killed - Con Thomas Moyles was killed at the scene of the ambush and Divisional Commissioner for Munster Philip Holmes - who had replaced Divisional Commissioner Smyth - was badly wounded and died the next day. Four other policemen were injured (Sgt A Charman, Con J H Andrews, Con J Hoare, Con F D Calder). There were about twenty men in the ambush party armed with five rifles and a light machine gun - the rest had shotguns and revolvers. Among the IRA who took part were Bill Moylan (Newmarket), Sean Healy (Kilcorney); Denis Galvin (Clonbannin); Dan Vaughan (Ballydesmond); Danny Guiney (Knocknanaugh, Kiskeam). The IRA got six rifles and a number of other arms - as well as one of the cars. According to Abbott, Sean Moylan prevented his men from abusing prisoners.
It is believed that D/C Holmes was returning from Listowel where he had been investigating the killing of DI O'Sullivan - see 20th January. The evidence he collected was taken by the IRA resulting in the death of James Kane - see June 11th. The day after the ambush, there was a reprisal by the Black and Tans on the village of Ballydesmond in which a young man called Kelliher (aged 14) was killed and a number of houses burned.