Tuesday 20 November 2018

Tom Barry at Kilmichael

I wish to refer to the ongoing controversy created by revisionist historian Peter Hart who made a number of derogatory statements in his 1998 publication, accusing Tom Barry of misconduct at the Kilmichael ambush in November, 1920.

Hart's justification for such strong condemnation of Barry is based mainly on the following: Firstly, a British Army Report of the time, which has since been shown to be produced for propaganda purposes. The historian, Brian P Murphy, in his recent publication 'The Origins and Organisation of British propaganda in Ireland 1920' shows that Peter Hart, while rejecting Tom Barry's account of Kilmichael and accusing him of lies and evasions, relies on a British Report of December 2, 1920 which "was explicitly designed to spread lies and evasions by a process of verisimilitude."

In other words, the British approach to spreading propaganda was designed to give the impression that the content was truthful.

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