Some pictures from our recent trip to the "Rebel County of Cork" where we played in the Naofa Fionnbarra G.A.A Club, Cork City on 16th September 2006.
Fionnbarra Naofa (Saint Finbarr) mural painted on wall behind stage.
The following is taken from the moument in Crossbarry, West Cork, erected in memory of the famous battle fought there on Sat 19th March 1921.
...."MAINLY WESTWARD FROM THIS MONUMENT AND LATER FROM VARIOUS OTHER DIRECTIONS ON SATURDAY MARCH 19TH 1921, 104 MEN AND OFFICERS OF THE WEST CORK BRIGADE FLYING COLUMN ATTACKED AND SMASHED AN ENCIRCLING BRITISH FORCE OF 1200 MEN, THE ESSEX AND HAMPSHIRE REGIMENTS AND THE BLACK AND TANS. THE I.R.A. CAUSED HEAVY CASUALTIES TO THE ENEMY, CAPTURED ARMS AND AMMUNITION AND DESTROYED MILITARY TRANSPORTS. THE BRITISH RETREATED TO THEIR MAIN BASES AT CORK, BANDON, KINSALE AND BALLINCOLLIG LEAVING THE I.R.A. VICTORS ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE.
PRAY GOD THAT IRELAND IN HER HOUR OF NEED WILL ALWAYS HAVE SONS LIKE THESE TO FIGHT AND DIE FOR HER"
LEFT TO RIGHT... Timmy, Alan & Padraig.
with our hosts...Larry (Co. Kerry) and Gerry (Co. Cork.)
For nationalists, the ambush at Kilmichael in County Cork, was seen as a turning point in their fight against british rule, which was to lead eventually to the foundation of the Irish State in 1921.
On the 28th November 1920 seventeen auxiliary officers and First World War veterans died in the ambush by an IRA flying column led by Commander Tom Barry.
Three IRA men also died - two of them shot, according to Barry, after they stood up to take the surrender of a group of auxiliaries.
Speaking before his death in 1980, Barry said: "The Auxies opened fire immediately (on the IRA men) and they killed them with revolver fire after surrendering.
"I shouted at the same time to the Section 'Keep firing and don't stop until I tell ye'. They tried to surrender again and I said 'Don't take any surrender'.
"We wouldn't take prisoners after their false surrender and after killing two of our men."
L to R...Gerry, Alan, Larry at Kilmichael monument.
L to R...Alan, Padraig, Timmy.
Scene of ambush.
Pádraig and Timmy outside for a puff at Collins' Kilmichael Bar, West Cork.
Grave of Commander Tom Barry, West Cork Flying Column, St. Finbarr's Cemetery, 17th Sept 2006
PASSAGEWEST, CORK 17th Sept 2006
FRA, guest drummer, Fionnbarra Naofa GAA Club, Cork City.