CIVIC GUARDS' DESCRIPTION.
| The story of the raid by armed men on Carrigtwohill Civic Guards'
Station on Sunday night, November 14th, was told yesterday to District Justice Farrell at the Midleton (Co.
Cork) District Session, when two young men named Robert Ahern, 67 Evergreen road, Cork, and Daniel
Buckley, 13 Dublin street, Cork, were charged on remand with having taken part in the raid.
Guard Fleming said that about 6.40 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th, he was playing a melodeon in the barracks at Carrigtwohill, with Guards Fowley and Markey, when the front door was forced open, and two masked men entered with revolvers. They told me to put my hands up, said the witness. I refused to do so, thinking that it was a joke. Immediately six other men came into the dayroom, masked and armed. They told me to face the wall or they would fire, and I did so. The man who appeared to be the leader searched me, and asked if I had any arms. This man took the diary, patrol and casualty books, and then went to the telephone and took away the receiver.
|A RAID FOR ARMS.|
| The witness said that at an identification
parade at Union quay Barracks, Cork, on November 17th, when between twenty-five and thirty men were
paraded, both of the accused were picked out as being similar in appearance to two of the eight men who
raided the station.
In the course of cross-examination by Mr. Barry O'Meara, the witness stated that it was dark when the raid occurred, and the day-room was lighted by only one paraffin oil lamp. When leaving the leader said, If you will do as little harm to us as we will do to you, we will be friends.
Guard Fowley gave corroborative evidence and added that, when asked what he had come there for, one of the raiders said, To raid for arms and documents by order of the Republican Army. At the identification parade the witness picked out Buckley, and told Superintendant Mansfield that that was the man with whom the witness had all the argument during the raid.
The justice refused informations against Ahern, who was released.
The hearing of the case for the defence of Buckley was adjourned for fourteen days, bail being fixed at £200 and two sureties of £100 each.
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