Tuesday 1st November 2022
Kevin Barry, Irish Volunteer Today we remember Kevin Barry, "just a lad of eighteen summers", who was executed on November 1st, 1920.
Barry was born in Dublin in 1902 to a family of dairy farmers originally from Co. Carlow. While attending Belvedere College, Barry won a scholarship to study medicine at University College Dublin, and as a teenager, became a member of the 1st Battalion of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers. He was also the youngest member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
Kevin Barry and the War of Independence
During the fight, Barry's gun jammed, and he went under the army lorry to clear it. As he did so, his comrades had escaped, and a member of the public, thinking that the young man would be run over if the lorry drove off, alerted the British soldiers.
"Just a lad of eighteen summers"
On November 1st, 1920, Kevin Barry was executed by hanging at the age of 18—the first execution since the leaders of the 1916 Rising. After a lengthy campaign to give Barry and his executed comrades a dignified burial, in 2001, their remains were reinterred in Glasnevin Cemetery, following a full state funeral.