Frank Flood Bridge naming ceremony (Drumcondra Bridge)

On Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 at 11.00 a.m. an tArdmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha will unveil a plaque at a naming ceremony at Drumcondra Bridge. The bridge, over which the Drumcondra Road Lower crosses the Tolka, was in January 1921 the scene of the ‘Drumcondra ambush’ on British forces by the IRA. As a result of the ambush Frank Flood, a nineteen-year-old UCD student from Summerhill, Dublin, was executed at Mountjoy jail in March 1921.

Frank Flood was a close friend of fellow UCD student Kevin Barry, and at only nineteen years of age, held the role of First Lieutenant ASU (Active Service Unit) of the Dublin Brigade. On 21st January 1921 Flood led an assault on an RIC patrol. He, along with others involved, was captured and on 14th March 1921 was executed at Mountjoy.

Three of his comrades in the ambush were executed on the same day: Thomas Bryan (24); Patrick Doyle (29), and Bernard ‘Bertie’ Ryan (21). Michael ‘Mick’ Magee (24) died on 22nd March as a result of wounds, while  Dermot O'Sullivan, another participant in the ambush, survived on the basis of his age, with his sentence commuted.

Speaking about the event an tArdmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said ‘I want to welcome everyone here today to this naming ceremony. We are here today to acknowledge Frank Flood’s role in the War of Independence. He died, aged just 19, following the attempted ambush here at the bridge in 1921. It is fitting that he be commemorated here by naming this bridge in his honour.’

Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee approved an application in late 2016 to name the bridge over the Tolka at Botanic Avenue/Millmount Avenue, ‘The Frank Flood Bridge’.  The North West Area Committee agreed this proposal and it was approved by the City Council in 2017.



Donal Fallon, historian in residence with Dublin City Council is available to speak about Frank Flood and the Drumcondra Ambush.

Notes to the Editor

The naming of infrastructure and the erection of commemorative plaques and other memorials is governed by Dublin City Council’s policy on Commemorative Naming of Infrastructure and the Provision of Monuments, Memorials and Plaques’, adopted by the Council in June 2017 and available on the Council website.

 Frank Flood was one of ‘The Forgotten Ten' and was hanged in Mountjoy Jail on 14th March, 1921 for his part in what is known as the 'Drumcondra ambush' which took place on 21st  January, 1921 beside the bridge over the Tolka.

Frank Flood was 19 years old at the time of his arrest and lived at 30 Summerhill Parade and was educated at O'Connell's Schools, North Richmond Street. He won a scholarship to UCD and was a second year engineering student. He was a close friend of Kevin Barry and was from a strongly republican family with three brothers active members of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA.

Frank Flood joined the Irish Volunteers while attending UCD and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, H Company of the Dublin Brigade. He took part in the raid for arms in the King's Inn with Kevin Barry as well as in the Church Street attack in which Barry was captured.

He was in charge of the IRA unit which attempted an ambush on the Dublin Metropolitan Police in Drumcondra on 21st January 1921. However, the unit was captured by the Auxiliary/RIC. Frank Flood was captured, and charged with high treason/levying war against the King and was hanged on 14th March 1921 together with three other members of the ambush party, Bernard Ryan, Thomas Bryan and Patrick Doyle.

On October 4th 2001 ‘The Forgotten Ten’ were afforded full state honours with a private service at Mountjoy Jail, followed by a requiem mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. The cortège passed through the centre of Dublin and was witnessed by tens of thousands of people. Nine of the ten, including Kevin Barry and Frank Flood were buried in Glasnevin cemetery. Patrick Maher, according to his wishes, was buried with his family in Ballylanders, County Limerick.