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Tom Barry

(1897—1980) Irish revolutionary and folk hero


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(1897–1980), legendary leader of the West Cork Flying Column during the Anglo-Irish War. Barry served in the British army during the First World War, and joined the Irish Republican Army after demobilization. His column is particularly known for its ambush at Kilmichael, Co. Cork, on 28 November 1920, in which fifteen Auxiliaries were killed. Opposing the Anglo-Irish treaty, Barry continued in the IRA after the Civil War, briefly becoming chief of staff in 1937.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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