Tom Barry

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleTom Barry
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/U016
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1919-1922, 1974
Extent Medium5 items


Creator(s): Barry, Tom (IRA)

  • Administrative History ↴

    Officer Commanding, 3rd (West) Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army. Later, Chief of Staff, Irish Republican Army. His wife, Leslie de Barra (née Price), was the director of organization for Cumann na mBan and later President of the Irish Red Cross.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donated to Archives 1975 by Tom Barry
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Barry, Tom (IRA) ↴

    U16/1/1 – U16/1/4 : Copybooks containing the MSS. of Barry’s booklet ‘The reality of the Anglo-Irish war 1920-21 in West Cork : refutations, corrections and comments on Liam Deasy’s Towards Ireland free’, Anvil Press (1974). Author’s note on cover of each, ‘The contents of this copybook were written and corrected by me. They were then copied by my wife Leslie Mary’ (total of 160pp). Contains textual and punctual corrections.

    Enclosed in item 1/1 is a copy of a TS. letter (1 October 1973) sent to the editors of all national daily newspapers concerning ‘Towards Ireland Free…’, stating that it is not a ‘…reliable or factual book…’, with parts he considers ‘…a travesty of history…’, and containing omissions of ‘great importance’, showing the Column Commander ‘as a moron, incapable of commanding a single sniper, not to mention a Flying Column.’ (2pp)

    Note: Liam Deasy’s book was entitled ‘Towards Ireland free : the West Cork Brigade in the War of Independence, 1917-1921’ edited by John E. Chisholm, Mercier Press (1973).

    U16/2. MS. letter (?24 Aug c.1915) from Col. Hudson, HQ, 5th Division Curragh Camp, (O.C. Kings Liverpool Regiment, Skibbereen), to ‘Dear Barry’, regarding a suit (2pp).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Limited items – no arrangement applicable

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA.
Creation Dates1919-1922, 1974
Extent Medium5 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Fonds level description Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialCCCA: PR6 Seamus Fitzgerald SM701 Jack McCarthy
Publication NoteTom Barry, 'The Reality of the Anglo-Irish War 1920-21 in West Cork : Refutations, Corrections and Comments on Liam Deasy's Towards Ireland free', Anvil Press (1974).

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40878