21 November 1920 - Part 4
With all the shenanigans within The Pale, events elsewhere tend to get overlooked.
Head Constable John Kearney (51), a native of Athlone, Co Westmeath, was fatally injured when shot in Needham Street, Newry, Co Down just after leaving evening devotions in the Dominican church.
Constable Harry Jays (22), a native of Hampshire. He was shot and killed as he and Constable Mills were walking through the village of Leap, Co Cork. Mills was hit in the arm and leg and made his way to the RIC Barracks for help. Jays body was found later on near the scene of the shooting. He had joined the RIC in January so presumably could be called a Black and Tan.
Constable Isaac Rea (20), from Durrus, Co Cork. He was fired at from a passing car as he spoke to a Miss Russell in Cappoquin, Co Waterford. Miss Russell was wounded in the leg. Sergeant Patrick Walsh was also wounded. Rea was a January recruit to the force and he died on December 27th. It’s also possible that this event took place on the latter date, sources vary.
Austin Cowley was shot dead by Private John Stride of the South Wales Borderers at Navan Workhouse. Cowley, who was deaf, failed to halt when challenged by Stride who was on sentry duty. Cowley age 67 was an inmate in the Workhouse Infirmary.