Battle of Tuberneering

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Battle of Tuberneering
Part of the United Irishmen Rebellion
Date 4 June 1798
Location Tuberneering, County Wexford
Result United Irishmen victory
Belligerents
United Irishmen Kingdom of Great Britain British Army
Commanders and leaders
Fr. John Murphy Lieutenant-Colonel Walpole 
Strength
? 400
Casualties and losses
? 100 killed

The Battle of Tuberneering was fought on 4 June 1798, during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. It was fought between British troops and insurgents mobilised by the revolutionary organisation named the United Irishmen. The crown forces were ambushed at Tuberneering in northern county Wexford in south eastern Ireland and routed.

The battle was an ambush of a British force of 400 men under Lieutenant-Colonel Walpole, containing one troop of regular cavalry (the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards) and militia and yeomanry auxiliaries. They were ambushed in a narrow defile by United Irish rebels. Walpole and 100 men were killed, the rest, throwing away their weapons and uniforms, fled. The regular dragoons made an attempt to fight back but they were in a bad place for cavalry so they withdrew. This defeat allowed three cannon to be captured which were subsequently used against British troops at the battle of Arklow. The rebels were unable to take Arklow however. The day after the engagement at Tuberneering, the United Irishmen also tried to take New Ross in the south of county Wexford but were repulsed at a heavy cost.