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Allan Dennehy BS: Gallipoli, offensive song? (39) RE: BS: Gallipoli, offensive song? 23 Jul 02

Maybe I'm wrong about the poverty bit. I'll keep an open mind about that. I'll bring up another point. The Irish recruits were exhorted to join "to free small nations" in the belief that Ireland would be granted its freedom after the war was over. This was not to be and the result was that many IRA men had a solid Brittish army background to use when the war of independance began in 1919. The most famous of these was Tom Barry, leader of the West Cork Flying column, previously a sergeant during WW1.

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