Tom Barry

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The Custom House, then centre of local government, burns in May 1921. The operation to destroy it involved nearly 200 Volunteers. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The first six months of 1921 were by far the most violent period of the Irish War of Independence. In late 1920, a halt to the violence had looked p(...)

Warning poster in 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The new junior cycle history specification was introduced to the classroom in September 2018 and will become a core subject for all students in Septem(...)

Tom Barry: While his IRA activities have been well-covered by historians, relatively little is known about the factors that led him to embark on the road to rebellion.

On November 28th, 1920, a mobile patrol of Auxiliaries was ambushed and destroyed by an IRA flying column led by Tom Barry at Kilmichael, Co Cork. The(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

Cumann na mBan members protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the War of Independence in July 1921. Placards read ‘Mother of God, open the prison gates; Release our Fathers and Brothers; and Mother of Mercy, pray for prisoners.’

The word combatants have been used in recent times to describe the contribution of Cumann na mBan. However, it must be remembered that when using the (...)

Miss Brown alongside her family’s belongings in Meelin, Co Cork. She was forced out of her home by crown forces in revenge for an IRA ambush a few days before. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) represents a fascinating example of a guerrilla war which blurred the boundaries between “home front” and “b(...)

IRA commander Tom Barry.

IRA commander Tom Barry tried to join the British civil service in Ireland just a year before carrying out the Kilmichael ambush. Barry, an ex-Briti(...)

Take a walk at Coucane Barra, and pass the entrance to St Finbarr’s Oratory and  the serene lake shore

Back in 2001, to protect our agriculture industry during the foot-and-mouth crisis, we were banned from visiting the hills, and Irish countryside gene(...)

Martin Doyle at a garden party  at Buckingham Palace for Victoria Cross recipients in June 1920, four months before he joined the IRA.

The people of New Ross in Co Wexford will on Sunday honour Victoria Cross winner Martin Doyle who returned to the town as a war hero 100 years ago and(...)

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has found out late in the day that disentangling the memory of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) (...)

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