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New documentary revisiting Kilmichael ambush to air this evening 

Photo: General Tom Barry and surviving members of the Old Cork Brigade at the 1966 commemoration

A new documentary exploring the Kilmichael Ambush from filmmakers Jerry O’Mullane and Brendan Hayes is set to premiere this Sunday evening, 28 November, at 7pm.

The Kilmichael Ambush took  place near the village of Kilmichael in County Cork on 28 November 1920, carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). It was a significant turning point in the Irish War of Independence.

In the ambush, 36 local IRA volunteers killed 16 members of the Royal irish Constabulary’s Auxiliary Division, and it held both political and military significance. Unfolding just one week after bloody Sunday, it marked an escalation in the IRA’s campaign.

Back in September 2020, O’Mullane and Hayes, along with David O’Sullivan and Bernie O’Regan announced that they had begun work on the documentary to commemorate the centenary.  Hayes, a Dunmanway native living in Bantry, has already produced work on Sam Maguire, another prominent figure in the War of Independence.

Announcing this weekend’s premiere, organisers said that the premiere would be on YouTube and that they would be delighted if people shared it

“Forgot not the boys will premiere this Sunday evening at 7pm on YouTube. It was hoped that the documentary could be screened to the public however with the ongoing pandemic, YouTube was the safest option and of course gives ex Patriots and Irish history enthusiasts all over the world an opportunity to view it upon its first screening which will of course remain online for people to view at their convenience.

“If you have any questions regarding the project then please don’t hesitate to ask but we don’t want to spoil it before it screens so we will not be answering any questions about its content. We would of course be delighted with people who wish to share it with anyone living abroad who may be interested in viewing it.”

Organisers also say that they will be paying the “deepest of respect to the men that fought so gallantly” during the ambush in their final product, writing on their Facebook page: ‘Forget not the boys’ features interviews from Kilmichael stalwarts Sean Kelleher and Con O’ Callaghan to name but a few. We will be paying the deepest of respect to the men that fought so gallantly that day in our final product. […] Don’t forget to invite anyone who may be interested in this fascinating story to like and share the page. Go raibh mile maith agat to all our followers for being so patient.”

A Kilmichael commemoration is also set to go ahead, tomorrow, Sunday 28 November, taking place at the monument in Kilmichael, Cork at 1.30pm.

Seán Ó Céilleachair, will be the main speaker at this year’s event. He is the son of Commandant Tom Kelleher who was a section commander at the Battle of Crossbarry, and who took part in many more engagements against British forces during the war of Independence.

Organisers say he will also feature in their documentary: “We are deeply humbled and privileged to have Seán feature as one of our interviewees in our upcoming documentary “Forget not the boys.” He is a man of integrity who has challenged revisionist types on their views surrounding the ambush and he discusses these theories along with others such as Con O’ Callaghan, Diarmuid Kingston, Dunmanway’s Mary Deane and a wonderful young war of Independence enthusiast Alex Coughlan from Drimoleague to name but a few in the project which will premiere on YouTube [on[ Sunday evening.”

Also this month, another tribute to the Kilmichael ambush took place, with the release of a radio play entitled “The Valiant Father O’ Connell.” It aired on C103 November 21st as part of John Greene’s “Where the road takes me” programme. For those who missed it, it will soon be uploaded online.


© (Auxiliaries website). The ambush site at Kilmichael







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