Tom Barry

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Tom Barry said in 1976: “I back the right of Republicans to shoot, kill and bomb British occupying forces. Nobody can deny that. But I do not back the bombing of obvious civilian targets like pubs and that bloody carry-on.”

Tom Barry, the architect of the Kilmichael ambush during the War of Independence, “point blank” refused to support republican hunger strikers in Portl(...)

Tom Barry utilised good intelligence on where exactly a party of British Auxiliaries from C Company, based in Macroom, would go on patrol and selected a site in Kilmichael which offered his men ‘good killing ground’

IRA guerrilla leader, Tom Barry showed great military expertise in planning the Kilmichael ambush in West Cork 100 years ago today, both in selecting (...)

Tom Barry addressing former IRA colleagues at an annual  commemoration of the  Kilmichael ambush which took place 100 years ago on November 28th, 1920.

Long-forgotten files in the UK National Archives in London show that the Kilmichael ambush was “a fight to the finish”. Sixteen members of the much-h(...)

Matthew Malone in Fishamble’s Embargo, part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

In a meeting room on Denmark Street, a pacifist train driver is describing being tarred and feathered by a nationalist mob during the munitions strike(...)

Seán Hogan’s #2 flying column, Third Tipperary Brigade, during the War of Independence.

Organisation Memo No 1 (1920) was issued by Óglaigh na hÉireann (IRA) General Headquarters (GHQ) on October 4th, 1920. It concerned the formation of f(...)

A Thompson submachine gun: The IRA were the first customers for the gun, designed in 1919 by Gen John T Thompson.

During 1920, the IRA developed its tactics as the war progressed, attacking RIC barracks and towards the end of the year creating flying columns and a(...)

British authorities fear trouble in Dublin, and refuse to allow Terence MacSwiney’s remains go anywhere near the Irish capital. Instead, his coffin is put on the steamer Rathmore at Holyhead in Wales, and sent directly to Cork under military guard. However, a planned requiem Mass still goes ahead in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. And this is the planned funeral procession through Sackville Street, (now O’Connell Street) Dublin on October 29th, 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

January 2nd: The War of Independence begins in earnest with an attack on Carrigtwohill RIC barracks in Co Cork. January 15th: Sinn Féin has major su(...)

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(...)

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