The Pickardstown Ambush of 1921 website is comprised of witness statements, newspaper articles, photographs and videos, all of which pertain to the events that took place on the night of January 7th 1921. The site will continue to be updated as new material comes to hand, so be sure to revisit from time to time. Below are links to some of the items which are currently available.
The Pickardstown Ambush Story Documentary.
Military Service Pensions Collection Gallery.
Unveiling of Monument to Waterford Heroes.
Article from ‘The Freemans Journal’, Monday March 6th 1922
Despite the inclement weather, several thousands of people assembled at Pickardstown , Tramore, yesterday, to witness the unveiling by Mr. C. Burgess, T.D., of a beautiful memorial shrine erected to the memory of the two young Waterford Volunteers, Michael McGrath and Thomas O'Brien, who, in January, 1921, lost their lives in an ambush by British Crown forces at this spot. Volunteer and Cumann na mBan contingents were present in large numbers from Waterford and all the surrounding districts, and, headed by bands, marched in processional order to the Shrine.
The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mr. C. Burgess, T.D., after which the shrine was blessed by the Rev. Father O'Brien, C.C., Tramore and the Rosary recited in Irish.
Subsequently Mr. Burgess addressed the gathering and first spoke for some minutes in Irish. He made a strong appeal on behalf of the Irish language and said that as long as they had that language in the country, no matter what else might happen, they would never be finally subdued.
HEROES WHO DIED FOR AN IDEAL.
They should remember that the young men to whose memory that shrine had been erected died for a certain ideal, and died for nothing else.
When any one of those present looked upon that shrine afterwards they should say a prayer for these two heroes of Ireland; if indeed they needed a prayer, because they were in Heaven that' day. Nevertheless, let them say a prayer for them, but let them say more than one prayer for themselves, that they might be strong enough to do what they should when the time came.
Website conceived and compiled by Dr. Pat MulDowney and Des Rutter.