Dromkeen is on the Caherconlish - Pallasgreen road. The RIC were returning from Caherconlish when the attack began at 2.30 pm in a spot where the road forks to Bruff and Old Pallas. The first lorry hit a wall leaving some dead. The second lorry came under fire. All 'succumbed to their wounds' said O hAnnagain in a document held at the Cathal Brugha Military Barracks. In fact three were executed, all by Maurice Meade.
The 11 policemen killed were Con Samuel Adams (executed), Con George Bell, Con John Bourke, Con Michael Doyle, Con Patrick Foody (executed), Con William Hayton, Con William Kingston, Con Sidney Millin, Con Bernard Mollaghan, Con Arthur Pearce and Con Henry Smith. Two escaped. The book - Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence - lists Pallasgreen as the site of deaths. The ambush was a joint operation of the flying Columns of the East and Mid Limerick Brigades IRA (some forty riflemen) under the command of Donnacha OhAnnagain O/C of East Limerick Brigade Flying Column.
Dick O'Connell, O/C of the Mid-Limerick Flying Column and a section leader was also present. Sometime earlier the police had discovered the arms dump of the Mid-Limerick Brigade. There was only one IRA man - Liam Hayes - wounded. The I/O of the Mid Limerick Brigade, John Purcell, had sussed out the travel pattern of the RIC patrol.
The ReprisalAs a result of this battle 10 houses were burnt. On 6 February the Tans arrested civilians at Kilteely and took them to the house of Commandant Hayes and ordered them to pile furniture against the wall and set fire to the house. Hayes had lost a finger in the Dromkeen battle.