Knockraha was an important storage area for the entire 4th Battalion area. Volunteers hid weapons everywhere they could–in dug outs, archaeological sites, and even the local Church. Members of the company were on good terms with the chapel woman who opened the chapel for them. The guns were kept in the gallery over the main aisle. The church was considered a very safe place because it was highly unlikely the soldiers would search it during the IRA campaign.
Knockraha never saw a major engagement during the War of Independence. This was intentional, as brigade command sought to use the village and countryside to store and produce weapons and train volunteers. The fields in Blossomgrove was the site where the battalion Flying Column was first formed and trained, which conducted many of the major attacks in East Cork.