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Tuesday 23 September 2014

'The Irish hero' Sergeant O'Leary V.C. returns home

Published 17/05/2014 | 02:30

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Sergeant Michael John O’Leary, from Macroom, Co Cork, with fellow wounded Irishmen on a podium in London after he returned home in July 1915
O'Leary's face and name were used in a recruitment drive
O'Leary's face and name were used in a recruitment drive

Sergeant Michael John O'Leary, from Macroom, Co Cork, with fellow wounded Irishmen on a podium in London after he returned home in July 1915, above.

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O'Leary later received a Victoria Cross for single-handedly storming two German barricades in the French village of Cuinchy during World War I. His face and name were used in a recruitment drive in 1915.

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