SF MEP to de­liver Kilmichael ora­tion

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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