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The last person to die in the War of Independence was a Killarney waitress who was hit by a stray bullet a few minutes before the truce, writes Owen O'Shea

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College Street in Killarney. The scene of Hannah Carey’s death on June 11, 1921.

College Street in Killarney. The scene of Hannah Carey’s death on June 11, 1921.

College Street in Killarney. The scene of Hannah Carey’s death on June 11, 1921.

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The very final victim of Ireland's War of Independence was a 48 year-old waitress who had stepped onto the street outside the Killarney hotel in which she worked and was fatally wounded by a stray bullet fired by an unidentified RIC officer. Hannah Carey died when the policeman accidentally discharged his revolver as he drove through the streets of the town and shortly after an IRA attack on two British soldiers near the town centre.

Hannah was standing at the door of the Imperial Hotel on College Street when she sustained a bullet wound to the neck just a few minutes before noon on Monday, 11 July 1921, when the agreed cessation of hostilities was to come into effect. The centenary of her death occurs on Sunday next.


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