|Part of Irish War of Independence|
Irish Republican Army|
Royal Irish Constabulary|
|Commanders and leaders|
|George Oliver Plunkett||Captain DV Thomas|
|Casualties and losses|
On the night of 18–19 March 1921, IRA volunteers of the West Waterford flying column ambushed a British military convoy at the Burgery, about a mile and a half northeast of Dungarvan. The convoy included Black and Tans and a Royal Irish Constabulary Sergeant, named Michael Hickey. In overall command of the IRA unit was IRA GHQ Officer George Plunkett. Also present were West Waterford Brigade Commandant Pax Whelan, ASU leader George Lennon, and Mick Mansfield. A British Crossley tender was set on fire and prisoners taken by the IRA, including Sergeant Hickey. Hickey was later killed by an IRA firing squad with a sign reading "police spy" affixed to his tunic. He was later buried in an unmarked grave. Other prisoners including Captain DV Thomas, the commander of the British garrison, were released.
After the ambush, a group of volunteers under Plunkett returned to search for any armaments left behind by the British forces. Crown forces who were now searching the area engaged the IRA party; IRA volunteers Seán Fitzgerald and Pat Keating were shot dead. A Black and Tan, Constable Sydney R. Redman was shot dead during the return fire.
- Edmond Keohan (26 July 2001). "The Irish War of Independence 1919-1921". Waterford County Museum. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
- "Unmarked Dungarvan grave pushes man to act as his father's son", The Munster Express, 17 March 2006.
- RIC Memorial; accessed 20 August 2014.