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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Last letter from Kevin Barry sells for €105,000

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

THE last letter written by IRA Volunteer Kevin Barry the night before his execution in 1920, fetched €105,000 -- seven times its guide price -- at Adam's auctioneers in Dublin last night.

It was purchased by the son of one of Mr Barry's friends who was mentioned in the letter, but the buyer is not being identified.

The document was written by Mr Barry to his friends in blue prison pencil on two sheets of paper on October 31, 1920, just before he was executed for his part in an IRA attack in which three British soldiers were killed.

"Well boys, we have seen some good times. It's the only thing which makes it hard to go, the fact of leaving you chaps and other friends behind," the letter reads.

The document was part of the annual 'Independence Auction' run jointly by Mealy's auctioneers in Co Kilkenny and Adam's in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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