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GAA club named after Kevin Barry to attend statue unveiling

Kevin Barry was executed by the British in November 1920, aged 18
Paul Ainsworth

MEMBERS of a Co Tyrone GAA club named after Kevin Barry are to attend the unveiling of a statue to the Irish republican a year after it was cancelled due to Covid.

A life-size statue of the 18-year-old medical student-turned IRA volunteer, who was executed in 1920 for his role in a fatal ambush on a British Army supply lorry, is due to be unveiled on October 31 at Rathvilly in Co Carlow, close to where Dublin-born Barry spent part of his childhood.

The ceremony to unveil the statue, created by sculptor Willie Malone, was due to take place last November before being delayed.

Alongside members of the Barry family, the ceremony will feature guest speakers, an honour guard from the Irish Prison Service, re-enactment groups, and representatives from Co Tyrone-based GAA club Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys GAC.

Niamh Barry, of the Kevin Barry Commemoration Committee, said: "The fact that my granduncle sacrificed his young life in the cause of Irish freedom attracted international attention 101 years ago and we are most happy and proud that his name and reputation lives on today."

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