A party of Sinn Feiners numbering about 1,500 are reported officially to have invaded the railway line near Athenry and to be apparently approaching Athlone. I am informed the Sinn Feiners are in occupation of Renmore Barracks and of same police station,
I suggest that it may be considered advisable to send troops to Athlone this evening to meet the crowd should they come there. I am informed there are about 250 rifles at Athlone Barracks and a large quantity of ammunition.
The above message was telephoned by RA Madden DI Mullingar to the Guard Room at the RIC Depot. He got the information from Colonel Galway, Commanding No. 11 District.