Monument unveiled at Kilmichael, County Cork to commemorate the battle fought there during the War of Independence.
General Tom Barry lead the surviving veterans in forming a guard of honour at the unveiling of a monument at the site of the Kilmichael Ambush. The inscription on the memorial reads:
They shall be spoken of among their people. The generations shall remember them and call them blessed
The Kilmichael ambush was carried out on 28 November 1920 by the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence. A column of 36 local IRA volunteers led by Tom Barry killed seventeen members of the Royal Irish Constabulary Auxiliary Division (Auxiliaries) at Kilmichael. Three IRA volunteers also died when they surrendered to a group of auxiliaries.
The memorial was unveiled by parish priest Rev C. O'Brien on 10 July 1966.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 July 1966. The footage shown here is mute.