Commemorating the defeat of British forces at Crossbarry

Commemorating the defeat of British forces at Crossbarry

Sean Hales carries the tricolour, with members of Bandon and District Pipe Band leading the short parade at the annual commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the Battle of Crossbarry, organised by Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee. Picture: Larry Cummins

THE Crossbarry Ambush has been commemorated, 96 years after the battle occurred.

A famed engagement during Ireland’s War of Independence, almost 100 IRA volunteers escaped an attempted ambush by more than 1,000 British troops.

The Battle was one of the largest and most successful engagements against British forces in Ireland during the 1919 — 1921 period.

The major victory achieved by Tom Barry and his comrades against far greater numbers of British troops is believed to have to led to a strategic rethink by the British Government and brought on a realisation that they could not achieve a military victory in Ireland.

The Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee organise the annual commemoration.

John McGuinness TD was the guest speaker at the event, paying tribute to the bravery of everyone under the command of Tom Barry that day.

The ambush was one of the few large battles during the war where the British forces, rather than the IRA, initiated the engagement.

The defeat of British Forces at Crossbarry by the Irish Republican Army contributed to the truce in July 1921.

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