Battle of Ballinalee
|Battle of Ballinalee|
|Part of the Irish War of Independence|
| Irish Republican Army
(North Longford Flying Column)
| British Army
Royal Irish Constabulary
|Commanders and leaders|
|Seán Mac Eoin||?|
|Casualties and losses|
|?||Unreported, estimated up to 20 fatalities, several times that wounded'|
The Battle of Ballinalee took place during the Irish War of Independence on 3 November 1920. The Irish Republican Army (IRA), led by Seán Mac Eoin, drove a force of British Army and Royal Irish Constabulary from the village of Ballinalee in County Longford.
The 900 British troops hoped to burn the town as a reprisal, but were defeated by about 300 IRA volunteers. The village was the only one in all of Ireland to repel the British outright.
- Coogan, Tim Pat (2002). Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-312-29511-0. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
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