Raid on St. Luke's Garda Station - 14 November 1926
On the evening of Sunday, November 14th, 1926, There were ten
attacks on Garda Stations throughout Ireland. Six stations in
Cork city and county were attacked, including Douglas, Blackrock
and Rylane. Two stations in County Waterford, one in County
Tipperary and one in County Meath, were attacked. Later that
evening at about 11 p.m. there was an attack on the Irish Army
at Tallaght Camp where a soldier who was on sentry duty was shot
and wounded. However, the most serious attack occured at St.
Lukes Garda Station in Cork City.
At about 6:30 p.m. a gang
of three armed men entered
St. Lukes Garda Station in Cork city. The Barrack Orderly
knocked a revolver out of one raider's hand and closed the
station door. A shot was then fired through a panel in the
door and hit Sergeant James Fitzsimons who had been in the
hall of the station. He was wounded in the stomach and died
on the way to the hospital.
Sergeant Fitzsimons from
Strangford, County Down, was aged 30 years and had been
stationed in Cork city for the previous 18 months. He was
the first member of the Garda Síochána to be killed in the
Source: The Irish Times - Monday, November 15th, 1926.