Kevin Barry is one of the most popular, and certainly one of the most sung, of Irish ballads.

But who was Kevin Barry?

Why was he immortalized in song?

And what has been the significance of the ballad tradition generally in the Irish Revolution and, indeed, of the Irish Revolution in the ballad tradition?

Listen *here* to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Liz Gillis, Eunan O’Halpin, Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc and Fintan Vallely.

This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

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