Tom Barry

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Broadcaster Flor MacCarthy   delved into her family history and learned about a story from the War of Independence that had remained largely unspoken of. Photograph: iStock.

A broadcaster who delved into the past to learn about her descendants’ lives has uncovered an unlikely story. RTÉ presenter Flor MacCarthy found out (...)

Prisioners under guard after the Custom House battle in May 1921. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

In early 1921 Liberal British prime minister Lloyd George, heading a coalition government, was coming under both military and Conservative pressure to(...)

Arthur Griffith arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 11th, 1921 after the truce is declared. Photograph: The National Museum of Ireland

What happened in 1921 in Ireland? A lot is the short answer. The two jurisdictions on this island which are now the Republic of Ireland and Northern(...)

Tom Barry: Emboldened by the escape at Crossbarry, Barry decided to target the RIC barracks in his hometown on March 30th, 1921.

One of the many interesting facets of the complicated character of Tom Barry is that his father was a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) policeman. Thoma(...)

A memorial at the Upton ambush site mentions the three IRA men who died, but not the civilians who were killed

February 1921 was punctuated by two military disasters for the IRA in Cork. On February 20th at Clonmult, the Cork IRA suffered its biggest reverse of(...)

IRA commander Tom Barry’s account of the Kilmichael ambush in his 1949 memoir had been challenged by historian Peter Hart.

Controversial claims IRA commander Tom Barry invented the story of a false surrender by Auxiliaries at the Kilmichael ambush in 1920 have been challen(...)

Bernard Montgomery: the future field marshal served as a brigade major tasked with subduing Cork, a place that had become the crucible of the War of Independence

In January 1921, an ambitious British army officer arrived in Cork with a view to subduing a place that had become the crucible of the War of Independ(...)

The Irish Government’s involvement with the Northern Ireland centenary will be the funding of a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast.

It was a year in which one political entity was created, Northern Ireland, and another, the Irish Free State, was negotiated into being. It was also (...)

Brian Stanley is to make a statement to the Dáil regarding controversial tweets he sent. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that she will not be asking party TD Brian Stanley to resign as chair of the Public Accounts Committee. M(...)

Tom Barry: an unexpected initiative

Eunan O’Halpin and Daithí Ó Corráin’s magisterial study of the casualties of the struggle for Irish independence, The Dead of the Irish Revolution, wi(...)

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