Television producers seeking West Cork men to recreate Tom Barry's Flying Column

Television producers seeking West Cork men to recreate Tom Barry's Flying Column
General Tom Barry, Commander of the Flying Column of the 3rd. West Cork Brigade in the Irish War of Independence, pictured as a young man at a training camp in West Cork in 1920.

Have you got what it takes to be a member of a Flying Column in West Cork?

A new reality television show is seeking recruits to test themselves to see if they could live like the men who fought the Auxiliaries during Ireland's War of Independence in the 1920s.

Production Company Abu Media and making a new programme called The Brigade for RTÉ about the Cork 3rd Brigade IRA during the War of Independence or Tan War.

They are seeking 12 men from the West Cork area to recreate a Flying Column with filming taking place next month.

Participants will be tested to see if they can survive bootcamp and live 'on the run' while learning to drill and shoot undetected.

Made famous by West Cork IRA leader Tom Barry, Flying Columns were small, mobile and lightly armed military units capable of attacking larger forces before disappearing again.

Re-enactment of Kilmichael Ambush by members of the Irish Army in 1966. The ambush was one of the most significant incidents in the War of Independence by the Flying Columns.
Re-enactment of Kilmichael Ambush by members of the Irish Army in 1966. The ambush was one of the most significant incidents in the War of Independence by the Flying Columns.

The aim of The Recruit is to try and recreate the conditions those men endured.

The Brigade recruits will be chosen and put through an intense week-long Boot Camp in West Cork where we will push them to their limits to see if they have what it would have taken to survive in an active Flying Column.

A recruitment day is February 9 in Clonakilty GAA Club starting at 10am. 

Full details are available if you email info@abumedia.com

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