DESCRIPTION: "Foremost of all in the battle's red lightning with the boys from West Cork was this man from Barr Lia." While wounded and surrounded Hurley continued to fight. "Soon his cruel rivals were lying at his feet." He died the same day as the Crossbarry ambush.
EARLIEST DATE: 1978 (OCanainn)
KEYWORDS: rebellion battle death Ireland patriotic IRA
March 19, 1921 - Nationalist victory at Crossbarry
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OCanainn, pp. 32-33, "The Ballad of Charlie Hurley" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Piper of Crossbarry" (subject: Irish Civil War) and references there
cf. "The Bold Black and Tan" (subject: Irish Civil War) and references there
NOTES [45 words]: OCanainn: "Charlie Hurley is one of the great heroes of West Cork. He was a Commandant in Tom Barry's famous Flying Column (1919-1921) and noted for his bravery." - BS
For Crossbarry, and for the beloved terrorist Tom Barry, see the notes to "The Piper of Crossbarry." - RBW
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