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KEVIN BARRY
Irelands uprising in ninteen sixteen was crushed by the state The ringleaders were arrested and death would be their fate Charged with the crime of treason against the British Crown Fifteen men faced a firing squad and without mercy shot down. It caused outrage in Ireland, and support for independence grew And from ninteen ninteen a guerrilla war did ensue An eighteen year old medical student called Kevin Barry Joined the republican movement to help set Ireland free. The British empire was determined to keep Ireland at any cost And as the violence escalated both British and Irish lives lost The British needed reinforcements and came up with plans To recruit men who became known as the notorious Black and Tan's. They were sent over to Ireland by Winston Churchill And were encouraged by the state to be ruthless and kill They were psychopaths and undisciplined and carried out atrocities Shooting innocent civilians and burning properties. A shortage of guns and ammunition made it necessary To carry out surprise raids against the British army One such raid was carried out on soldiers, at a Dublin bakery The rebels lost the element of surprise and it ended in tragedy. Three soldiers died in a shootout and the rebels forced to flee But one rebel got left behind, volunteer Kevin Barry The first rebel to be captured and was tortured brutally British soldiers carried out his interrogation, with impunity. They wanted the names of the rebels who were with him that day And dispite him being tortured he gave nothing away A military court found him guilty and said he'd face the hangman The first person to face execution since the independence war began. A campaign to commute his sentence was by the British turned down They wanted to send a stern message, to enemies of the Crown On a cold morning in November in nineteen twenty The British carried out his sentence, the death penalty. They sent reinforcements to Mountjoy jail, and stationed them outside Michael Collins realised a rescue mission, would have been suicide Not being able to rescue Kevin Barry as he walked to his death Troubled Michael Collins who often spoke with regret. Many more followed Kevin Barry in the fight for liberty And it was their ultimate sacrifice that set Ireland free Barry's bravery is often remembered and ballads have been sung About this brave young volunteer, whom by the British was hung. Written on 14th June 2021.
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