Kevin Barry Award Winners
Kevin Barry in the rugby jersey of Belvedere College, Dublin.
|Born||Kevin Gerard Barry
20 January 1902
8 Fleet Street, Dublin
|Died||1 November 1920 (aged 18)
at Mountjoy Jail, Dublin
|Known for||Executed. Irish Republican Army Volunteer|
A.O.H. St. Patrick's Div. #1
Kevin Barry Award Recipents
Award intiated by Past President: R. Murray Fogarty in 1974
The award is in recognition of service whitin Our Local Order in promoting Irish Culture, and the goals of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Cincinnati, that is, Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity.
2019 - Gail Sweeney
2016 - Chris Schulte
2015 - Michael Flynn
2014 - Fr. Donald McCarthy
2013 - Greg Male
2012 - Paul Weisgerber
2010 - Gary Schlegel
2009 - Gerry Fritsch
2005 - Brian Sweeney
2002 - Kevin Griffin
2001 - J. Patrick "Spade" Hennessey
2000 - William Grady
1985 - Michael Hall
1979 - Robert F. Farrell, Thomas P. O'Brien, Michael K. Redddington, Bernard J. Rooney
1978 - Rev. John J. Cunningham, MauriceJ. Murphy, Mary (Finn) Ungruhn
1977 - Joseph M. Keane, Phillip McGing
1976 - James W. Daley, Sr., Herman H. Hessler
1975 - Richard H. Ormond, Msgr. Riobert J. Sherry
1974 - Ms. Catherine “Kitty" Brogan, Robert M. Cleary, Margaret M. (McShane) Hannon, Michael J. Kennedy
William T. O'Neill
Brief History of Kevin Barry and the Kevin Barry Award
The award is named after Kevin Barry (1902-1920) who was active in the Irish War of Independence. Kevin Barry was 18 years old when he was hanged in Mountjoy jail on November 1st 1920. His death at such a young age is possibly the most poignant in recent Irish history.
Kevin Barry was born in 1902 in Dublin and grew up in the capital and in County Carlow. He enrolled in Belvedere College in 1916 and joined the Irish Volunteers, in October 1917. In 1919 he enrolled in Dublin University to study medicine. As the Michael Collins led war of independence was developing Barry, as Section Commander, played his part in various raids around Dublin City.
On september 20th 1920 he took part in one such raid that went badly wrong. A street gun battle ensued and three British soliders were killed. This was very significant in that these were the first Britiish solider deaths in Ireland since the Easter Rising led by Pearse and Connolly. Barry hid under a truck as the British searched for him but was discovered when a passer by, concerned for his safety underneath the huge vehicle, inadvertenly warned the soliders of his whereabouts.
Reports of his tortuere in Mountjoy jail soon circulated but Barry refused to name his comrades. He was given a death sentence but it was widely belived that this sentence would be commuted, and that the British authorities would not dare execute an eighteen year old.
As the deadline approached it became clear that Kevin Barry would be executed. A planned rescue by Michael Collins came to nothing when reinforcements from Dublin Castle were ordered to the prison because of the large crowds that had gathered outside. It was reported that Barry had requested to be shot by firing squad rather than be hanged, which he viewed as a death not befitting a solider. The hangman, Ellis, had to be brought into the country from England, as no-one in Ireland could be found for the job. The calmness and bravery the young Barry showed in the hours leading up to his execution has become the stuff of legend. Despite protestations from clerics and politicians alike he was hanged in Mountjoy Jail on November 1st, 1920
Just as in the aftermath of the 1916 Eater Rising the British military in Ireland had badly misjudged the situation. Because of Barry's death, two songs were subsequenly written titled with his name using his story as a heroic symbol of the cause for which he died.