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A Memoir of Kevin Barry with Síofra O’Donovan and Michael Moriarty
4th November 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Event:
Join Carlow County Council Library Service online for the event A memoir of Kevin Barry with Síofra O’Donovan and Michael Moriarty in conversation with Christopher Power, Library Assistant on November 4th at 8pm. Síofra and Michael will discuss their connections to Kevin Barry and their recently published books on him.
“Yours ‘Til Hell Freezes: A Memoir of Kevin Barry” by Síofra O’Donovan
The 1st of November marks 100 years since young Kevin Barry was hanged by the British Government during the Irish War of Independence. He was sentenced to death for his part in an attack upon a British Army supply lorry. A young lad of only 18, he was the first to be executed since the Easter Rising in 1916 and his death sent a ripple through the independence movement, galvanizing revolutionaries like Michael Collins to retaliate.
Kevin Barry’s sister Monty married Jim O’Donovan, a man of action himself. Síofra remembers staring at his hand where he had stubs for fingers as he regaled her with stories of his bomb-making exploits. Her father Donal had a portrait of him hanging in the study where he wrote a biography on him in 1989. Síofra grew up among her uncle’s belongings, listening to his heroics from those who knew him best, and it led her to pen this very intimate biography of an Irish martyr who was first a son, a brother, a friend.
He may have died young but Síofra shows us he lived a long life indeed.
The book is available – https://currachbooks.com/product/yours-til-hell-freezes/
“What it Said in the Papers: The Execution of Kevin Barry” by Michael Moriarty
Kevin Barry’s execution at the age of 18 attracted world-wide attention. His memory lives on today in story, song and verse.
The extraordinarily detailed newspaper reports of his court martial and execution, and the accounts of the public’s response to events as they unfolded, have ensured that Kevin Barry’s memory has remained in the Irish public’s consciousness.
The book is available – https://www.hillglenspublishing.ie/the-execution-of-kevin-barry/