At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd, 1923, 6 armed and masked men entered the Civic Guard Station
in Scartaglin, County Kerry. Guard Patrick Spillane who was in the kitchen was ordered up stairs with his hands
up and told to strip off his uniform. He refused and was told that he would be shot. He replied that he was not
afraid to die in defence of his uniform. He was then set upon and forcibly stripped.
Sergeant James Woods was located and also ordered up stairs with his hands up. When he got to the second step he was
hit between the shoulders with the barrell of a rifle which discharged a bullet shooting him in the head. He
died instantly. The raiders ran off with uniforms and money belonging to the Civic Guards.
Sergeant Woods from Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, was aged 22 years and unmarried. Two of his five brothers
were also members of the Civic Guard. He had a brother who was the Superintendent in Tullamore,
County Offaly and another brother who was a Sergeant in Cliftden, County Galway.