"singing Kevin Barry and the rest of the sad songs"

Kevin Barry
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Kevin Barry was one of the best-known Republican martyrs.  He was sentenced to death when he was 18 for his part in an ambush in which three British soldiers died.  He was the first Republican to be executed since the Easter Rising of 1816, and his execution in 1920 provoked outrage throughout the world.  Barry remained loyal to the cause despite being tortured, and did not inform on his compatriots.

Listen on Spotify: Kevin Barry sung by Declan Hunt