Cork—crucible of the War of Independence

Cork—crucible of the War of Independence

(West Cork IRA flying column commander Tom Barry—
how important was his leadership?)

Why was it that Cork (county and city), which accounted for c. 10% of the country’s population, produced nearly 25% of those killed in the War of Independence?

What role did its substantial (c. 10%) non-Catholic (mainly loyalist) population play?

Did individual IRA commanders like Tom Barry make a difference and what was the significance of the engagements he led at Kilmichael and Crossbarry?

Listen to Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, discuss these and related questions with Andy BielenbergEve MorrisonPádraig Óg Ó Ruairc and Gerry White.

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