SF MEP to deliver Kilmichael oration
The Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands and North-West constituency, Matt Carthy, will deliver the oration at the annual Kilmichael Ambush site commemoration in midCork on Sunday, November 25.
It’s the 98th anniversary of the famous ambush which took place November 28, 1920, when the flying column of the third West Cork Brigade, led by Tom Barry, won a famous victory against the Auxiliaries.
The Auxiliaries were mostly made up of high ranking officers of the British Army who had fought in World War One. Up to 150 of them had been based in Macroom Castle.
Prior to the attack, on the Macroom-Dunmanway road. Tom Barry had assembled his flying column of 36 men, many of them who had never seen action before. Three volunteers were killed during the ambush but the Auxiliaries suffered heavy losses, with only one survivor of the 18 soldiers aboard two Crossley tenders.
At 10.30am, prior to the commemoration, there will be an Aifreann Gaeilge and wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of the three volunteers Pat Deasy, Michael McCarthy, Jim O’Sullivan and Diarmuid Ó Mathúna who died some months later.
The main commemoration is at 1.30pm, followed at 3.30pm by a dinnear agus tráthnóna cheoil in the Parkway Hotel Dunmanway.