Just one week after Bloody Sunday an IRA column of 36 men under the command of Tom Barry kills seventeen members of the RIC Auxiliary division in a well-planned ambush at Kilmichael, Co. Cork. Three IRA men were killed in what was not just a grievous blow to British authorities but a huge psychological fillip for the Irish rebels. It was the largest loss of life for British forces in Ireland in a single incident until the Warrenpoint Bombing some fifty-nine years later.
Some days after the Kilmichael ambush, British authorities introduced martial law to parts of Ireland.
Tom Barry on the Kilmichael Ambush: http://youtu.be/x998_xo7e9s
Photo: Tom Barry and The Boys of Kilmichael circa 1966