The News Letter’s Londonderry correspondent wired the following report from the north west: “Further details regarding the cowardly attack on the members of the police force near Dungloe on Friday, show that the outrage was deliberately conceived and carried out in a cold blooded fashion.”
The correspondent continued: “On the night prior to the attack pandemonium reigned in the town of Dungloe. There were two Sinn Fein prisoners in the police barracks and for several hours during the night a Sinn Fein pipe band, followed by an excited crowd, paraded the town and demanded the release of the men.”
A hostile demonstration was made outside the residence of District-Inspector Wallace at whom “offensive epithets” were hurled, mingled with republican cries.
It was feared at the time that an attempt might be made to rescue the prisoners.
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The following day the prisoners were conveyed to Londonderry and when escort was returning from the city that it was set upon.
The victims of the vicious outrage being District-Inspector Wallace, Sergeant Farrell and Constables Cunnane and McGanley.
The News Letter’s correspondent wrote: “It is evident that the attack was well organised. The telegraph wires between Dungloe station and the village were cut, and an old school house abutting the road was turned into a veritable fort. In the walls loopholes were made to allow the muzzles of sporting rifles to be projected. Here the attacking party lay waiting for the police.”