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Kevin Barry and His Time -
The Digital Kevin Barry Collection

UCD Library and UCD Archives have digitised two wonderful and evocative collections, honouring one of Irish history's young heroes. Kevin Barry, a medical student at University College Dublin, was executed for his part in an ambush which resulted in the deaths of three British Army officers in 1920. He was hanged on the 1st of November 1920, despite numerous appeals for his life to be spared. He was 18 years old.

The Kevin Barry Papers, held in UCD Archives, contain material associated with his days at Belvedere College, his year as a medical student in UCD, and his brief time in custody at Mountjoy Prison before execution. The majority of the collection is composed of material gathered by Kathy Barry Maloney, Barry's sister, after his death.

The Papers of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, recently purchased by the UCD Students' Centre and held in UCD Archives, comprise the papers and correspondence of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, who were formed to raise funds to create a memorial to Kevin Barry.

Both collections are now publicly available in the UCD Digital library at http://digital.ucd.ie.

Resources Available to Complement the Digital Collection

Further information and support materials can be viewed on our Kevin Barry page.

We have a limited supply of printed booklets, bookmarks and posters. If you would like a small supply please contact outreach@ucd.ie.

Four beautiful information panels were commissioned to accompany the release of this digital collection. The 4 panels have a compact footprint and can be arranged in a number of ways to suit and include:

  • many images from the new digital collections
  • a brief biography of Kevin Barry authored by Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD
  • a panel about the creation of the memorial stained glass window originally positioned at Earlsfort Terrace and now located on the Belfield Campus of UCD
  • and a panel about the digitisation project itself.

If you would be interested in displaying this Kevin Barry exhibition for a period of time over the coming year, please get in touch or phone Ros Pan, Head of Communications, UCD Library on 01 716 7541.