Commemoration in Clogheen in honour of Maria Bowles

Commemoration in Clogheen in honour of Maria Bowles
16-year-old Maria Bowles following her arrest in 1921 carrying a machine gun and a revolver.

A commemoration takes place at Clogheen this weekend of Maria (Mary) Bowles who was imprisoned as a teenager for carrying weapons during the War of Independence.

A plaque will be unveiled at the site of her home at the corner of Clogheen Road and Old Blarney Road.

Ms Bowles was just a teenager when she was detained by British Crown forces at Clogheen in January 1921 after she was seen running through fields and dropping a package which later found to contain an arsenal of weapons including a Lewis machine gun, two revolvers and a steel bodyguard.

On her first night in prison, military officials were amazed when she used a piece of plaster from the wall to create detailed drawings of weapons and their intricate parts.

She was subsequently sentenced to be detained until she was 19.

The commemoration event and plaque unveiling take place at 3pm on Sunday with parking available at the Church of the Most Precious Blood.

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