Aside from its obvious architectural beauty, the former Wesleyan Church is notable as the site of an attack on British soldiers during the early days of the Irish War of Independence. On 7 September, 1919, locals opened fire on a gathering of armed soldiers outside the church. The locals were later arrested and detained without trial at Cork Jail. One of the men, Michael Fitzgerald, began a hunger strike in protest at his continued imprisonment. The hunger strike came to an end with his death 67 days later. A monument to Fitzgerald stands outside the church.