Ashbourne, Co Meath

Ashbourne, Co Meath

Ashbourne, Co Meath
On the Friday morning, Commandant Thomas Ashe’s company of 50 Volunteers — known otherwise as the Fingal Battalion — surrounded the RIC barracks at Ashbourne and took on the 17 men there, as well as 60 RIC men officers who arrived as back-up.

After a lengthy battle around the area, the Volunteers forced the RIC, both those in the open and those in the barracks, to surrender. Two Volunteers died with eight RIC men killed and 15 wounded.

The tactics adopted around north county Dublin and Ashbourne by Ashe and his second-in-command, Richard Mulcahy, provided a successful guerilla warfare model for those later involved in the War of Independence.