WATCH: Seán Hales and Dick Barrett remembrance event

February 8th, 2023 7:00 PM

By Dylan Mangan

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ON NOVEMBER 18th of 2022, Seán Hales and Dick Barrett were remembered at a special commemorative event, organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, at the Clonakilty GAA Complex.

Both West Cork men took opposite sides on the Treaty, which Hales supported and Barrett opposed.

On 7 December 1922, Hales was shot dead in Dublin by anti-Treaty IRA.

In response, the Free State Government decided on the drastic action of executing prisoners, without charge or trial, as a reprisal for Hales’ death.

Barrett had been a prisoner in Mountjoy Jail since the fall of the Four Courts six months earlier and was executed the next morning, December 8th, 1922.

The commemorative event attracted a large crowd and a full recording is now available to watch above or on YouTube.

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