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He was shot and killed by the IRA and his body dumped in a nearby lake.Lendrum’s disappearance was noticed fairly quickly and troops were sent from Ennistymon to conduct a search.He was shot in front of his family and his body thrown into the burning building.Devitt’s drapery was next to be fired, and a youth, Patrick Linnane, was shot and killed while fetching water to try and prevent the adjoining buildings from catching fire.Houses and shops were looted and the premises of P. O’Neill, a hardware merchant, were set on fire; then those of Edward Roche, Michael Hayes, Messrs Collins, M. Many of the inhabitants took shelter for several nights with friends and relatives in the surrounding countryside.
Over the next six months, there were no war fatalities in this part of Clare until, on the 24 February 1920, an RIC patrol was ambushed at Crowe’s Bridge, near Connolly, by an IRA unit comprising Patrick and Martin Devitt, Ignatius O’Neill and Pakie Lehane.
It so happened that earlier that day an IRA unit had set up a roadblock further south in the county, near Doonbeg.
A local RM (resident magistrate), Alan Lendrum, was forced to stop and rather than surrender his car, he drew his pistol.
On July 21, two privates of the Royal Scots Regiment were crossing Ennistymon bridge when they were attacked by a number of unarmed men attempting to take their weapons.
The soldiers fired their revolvers and a 22-year old IRA volunteer, Michael Conway, was killed and Seamus Mac Mahon seriously wounded.
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Whelan’s tailor shop was burned, P Clair’s grocery, Callinan’s pub, Hynes’ drapery, and the home of Joseph Conneally.