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Modreeny (Maigh Drithne in Irish)[1] is a townland and a civil parish in the historical barony of Ormond Lower, County Tipperary in Ireland situated on the R490 road between the towns of Borrisokane and Cloughjordan. Ormond Foxhounds are based at kennels at Modreeny.[2]

Buildings of note[edit]

Modreeny a seven bay country house listed as being of architectural and artistic interest.[3]

Gate lodge to Modreeny on R490, built about 1850 listed as being of architectural and artistic interest.[4]

Modreeny Church, a ruined 19th-century church of Ireland commissioned by the Board of First Fruits. With an adjoining cemetery and, to the west, the remains of a medieval church. The site is listed as being of architectural, artistic, archeological and social interest.[5]

Modreeny ambush[edit]

An ambush took place near here on the 3 June 1921, during the Irish War of Independence. The ambush was an attack on an RIC and Black and Tan patrol en route to the local Petty Sessions in Cloughjordan Courthouse. It was undertaken by a flying column led by Sean Gaynor at Kylebeg Cross, between Borrisokane and Cloughjordan and resulted in the deaths of four RIC/ Black and Tan members. RIC patrol of twelve men led by Sergeant Jones were cycling from RIC barracks in Borrisokane to Petty Sessions in Cloughjordan courthouse. The Borrisokane courthouse had been badly damaged by IRA attack and the court sitting was transferred to Cloughjordan. Just before the ambush the cycle patrol was overtaken by a motorised patrol of sixteen men in cars from Roscrea RIC barracks under the command of DI Edmund Fitzpatrick. The RIC men who were killed : Con. James Briggs DCM MM (Borrisokane RIC from Garlieston, Scotland - a "Black & Tan") : Con. John Cantlon (Roscrea RIC from Ballyellin, Co Carlow) : Con. Martin Feeney (Borrisokane RIC from Culleenanory, Co. Roscommon) : Con. William Walsh (Roscrea RIC from Co. Kilkenny)[6][7][8]

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