School: Clanna Caoilte (B.) (roll number 12286)

Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Ss. Ó Síthe

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Death of a Patriot

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0311, Page 149

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Death of a Patriot

Idol of the West Cork
Brigade. Charlie Hurley’s Work
and Death For Ireland.
On March, 19th, 1921 an Irish Patriot was shot to death by British soldiers at Ballinphellic, Upton, Co. Cork. His name was Charles Hurley, of Baurleigh, Kilbrittain, and he died alone, pressing the trigger of his half empty gun, attempting to fight his way through forty English soldiers. His name is not mentioned in any of the many books written about the Anglo-Irish War, no words of his are handed down to us, no ballad (except one West Cork one)

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