The Battle of Clonfin 100th anniversary will be celebrated online tomorrow

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Clonfin in north Longford will be celebrated online this Sunday.

In order to follow Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 a virtual Commemoration Ceremony has been recorded and will be broadcast on Sunday, February 7 at 3pm.

This recording will also go on Youtube and will be available on the Facebook page Decade of Centenaries Longford.

The Clonfin Ambush was carried out by 21 men of the North Longford Flying Column on February 2 , 1921 during the Irish War of Independence.

It took place in the townland between Ballinalee and Granard when the Longford men ambushed two lorries carrying members of the British Auxiliary Division, sparking a lengthy gun battle in which four Auxiliaries were killed and eight wounded.

Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy says the local committee have worked very hard to get the area ready for the commemoration and he hopes an event can be held there later in the year.