Finbar Cafferkey: the life and death of an Irish idealist

New details of Cafferkey's struggle to join the war and the battle that took his life

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Finbar Cafferkey (45) died while fighting in Ukraine, in a battle in the now destroyed city of Bakhmut.

His family have now been told that his remains have been found and will be returned to them for burial.

On In the News today:

  • Crime and security correspondent Conor Gallagher sits down with Finbar’s younger brother Colm to understand what motivated a man from the west of Ireland to participate in such a bloody conflict.
  • The route to the front line was not easy or direct. Dan McLaughlin traces Finbar Cafferkey’s steps in the years before his death and pieces together his final hours.

Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Declan Conlon and John Casey.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast