1920 – IRA members ambushed of a lorry full of British soldiers on Church St Dublin. Three soldiers were killed, the first in the city since the Easter Rising of 1916. Kevin Barry was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Fuair siad bás ar son Saoirse na hÉireann!

Eighteen year old medical student Kevin Barry is captured following an ambush on British troops in Dublin in which one soldier is killed. On 1 November 1920, he would become the first Irish rebel to be executed by Britain since the 1916 executions, thus cementing his place in history.

On the morning of 20 September 1920, Kevin Barry went to Mass, and received Holy Communion; he then joined a party of IRA volunteers on Bolton Street in Dublin. Their orders were to ambush a British army truck as it picked up a delivery of bread from the bakery, and capture their weapons. The ambush was scheduled for 11.00 AM, which gave him enough time to take part in the operation and return to class in time for an examination he had at 2.00 PM.”

He is one of a group of IRA…

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