Kevin Barry & The Forgotten Ten

(1902 - 1920) Medical Student & Martyr.

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Kevin Barry & The Forgotten Ten in (1902 - 1920) Medical Student & Martyr..

Kevin Gerard Barry (Irish: Caoimhín de Barra; 20 January 1902 - 1 November 1920) was an Irish medical student who fought in the Irish War of Independence, becoming one of its earliest and most remembered martyrs.

Kevin Barry was born in Dublin, and grew up both there and in rural County Carlow. He was the fourth of seven children. He entered Belvedere College in 1916. During his second year there, aged 15, he joined the Irish Volunteers. In 1919, he enrolled at University College Dublin to study medicine.

During the War of Independence Barry was promoted to Section Commander, and took part in various raids for arms throughout the city.

On 20 September 1920, he took part in an ambush of a lorry of British soldiers. Barry was captured hiding under a truck tried. Barry refused to recognise the court and so was undefended at his trial. He is reported to have read the newspaper during proceedings.

Kevin Barry was convicted of murder and was hanged in Mountjoy Prison on 1 November, despite a reported request to be shot as a soldier. He was 18 years old. His was the first execution since 1916.

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