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The Kerry Rebels
Hello and thanks for visiting our page about the Munster Battle Of The Bands. This is a fundraising effort and for all the money raised from voting for our song "The Kerry Rebels" it will be donated to The North Kerry Memorial Committee. Here is a little background on where the idea for the song came from and why we wrote it.
This Ballad tells of the brutal and horrible treatment of innocent people during a hostile time in Kerry, known as “The Siege Of Tralee”. On 25th of October 1920, the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Cork ,Terence MacSwiney died on hunger strike. The following week, 1 November, Kevin Barry, an 18-year-old IRA member, was hanged for his role in an arms raid in Dublin that had left three British soldiers dead. These were two landmark events in the Irish War of Independence – always evoked even now when the conflict is remembered. MacSwiney and Barry were elevated to the status of republican martyrs and presented to the world as examples of British tyranny in Ireland. But their deaths also led indirectly to a week of less well-known bloodshed in county Kerry. The IRA in Kerry made sure that there deaths were avenged and they took out RIC officers who were doing England’s dirty work at the time. The Black and Tans were then deployed to Kerry and they were the lowest form of human beings that the English Government could find. Monday 1st November, was All Saints Day and the RIC fired at crowds leaving Mass in Tralee. A French journalist on the spot wrote, Volley after volley resounded to the terror of the people’. ‘I do not remember, even in the [First World] War, having seen people as profoundly terrified as those of this small town, Tralee.’ For the next seven days, ‘the Tans’, as they were known locally, made all the local businesses shut their doors and allowed no food in or out of the town. They imposed a strict curfew and shot people who appeared on the streets. Their victims included two dead, Tommy Wall and John Conway. They also systematically burned any businesses they could link to ‘Sinn Feiners’. By the end of the week, the international press, many of whose organs had correspondents covering the conflict in Ireland and who had come to Tralee, was reporting that the town was on the very verge of starvation.