Volunteer Jeremiah O’Leary

 

Volunteer Jeremiah O’Leary of Corran, Leap (Crossbarry ambush)

Date of incident: 19 March 1921

Sources: CE, 24 March 1921; SS, 16 Dec. 1972; Military Inquests, WO 35/161A (TNA); Peter Kearney’s WS 444, 5-9 (BMH); Denis Lordan’s WS 470, 24 (BMH); William Norris’s WS 595, 9-11 (BMH); Stephen Holland’s WS 649, 2 (BMH); William Desmond’s WS 832, 37-44, 47-48 (BMH); John O’Driscoll’s WS 1250, 8-11 (BMH); Michael Coleman’s WS 1254, 13-16 (BMH); William McCarthy’s WS 1255, 8-11 (BMH); Cornelius Calnan’s WS 1317, 7-8 (BMH); Denis Murphy’s WS 1318, 8-10 (BMH); Daniel Holland’s WS 1341, 9-12 (BMH); Denis O’Brien’s WS 1353, 11-14 (BMH); Christopher O’Connell’s WS 1530, 18-21 (BMH); Michael J. Crowley’s WS 1603, 18-20 (BMH); Daniel Donovan’s WS 1608, 11-14 (BMH); Daniel Canty’s WS 1619, 27-30 (BMH); James Doyle’s WS 1640, 17-20 (BMH); Florence Begley’s WS 1771, 1-5 (BMH); Rebel Cork’s FS, 157-60, 207; Deasy (1973), 351-55; Last Post (1976), 83; Kautt (2010), 138-48; IRA Crossbarry Monument; Cork No. 5 Brigade Memorial, Bantry.

 

Note: Among the three Volunteers killed in the Crossbarry ambush of 19 March 1921 was Jeremiah O’Leary, a member of the Corran Company of the Fourth (Skibbereen) Battalion of the Cork No. 3 Brigade. Along with other local Volunteers who had died ‘in defence of the Republic’, O’Leary was commemorated on 10 December 1972, when a memorial limestone plaque bearing their names was erected and unveiled in a public ceremony at the courthouse in Bantry. See SS, 16 Dec. 1972.


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