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100 Years Ago Today

Monday 15th November 2021

We take a moment this evening and we remember Tadhg Barry who was shot dead 100 years ago today in Ballykinlar Camp.

 

 Tadhg was a member of the Cork County Board, a journalist and Trade Unionist and had been arrested in Cork in January 1921 before being then transferred by Ship from Cork to Belfast before the journey from Belfast to Ballykinlar by train.

 

After his death in Ballykinlar the Ard Stiúrthóir Luke O Toole accompanied by the Chairman of the Down County Board John Henry King attended the camp along with the Lord Mayor of Cork and many prominent TD's , where they spent time talking to internees through the wire.

 

John Henry King Down County Chairman and a Solicitor in Newcastle would also represent the Barry family at the Inquest held in the Camp.

 

100 Years on Down GAA are embarking on a major development at Ballykinlar that will also reflect the shared history of our Island, 100 years ago every county in Ireland had men interned in Ballykinlar along with men from Liverpool, Manchester and London. Gaelic Football and Handball were played within the Camp and games we read were very competitive.

 

 The new Down GAA Centre at Ballykinlar will we hope be an indication of how far we have travelled in 100 years.

 

Tadhg Barry - Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis