“Charlie Hurley”


"Foremost of all in the battle's red lightning with the boys from West Cork was this man from Barr Lia." While wounded and surrounded Hurley continued to fight. "Soon his cruel rivals were lying at his feet." He died the same day as the Crossbarry ambush.


OCanainn: "Charlie Hurley is one of the great heroes of West Cork. He was a Commandant in Tom Barry's famous Flying Column (1919-1921) and noted for his bravery." - BS

For Crossbarry, and for the beloved terrorist Tom Barry, see the notes to "The Piper of Crossbarry." - RBW

Historical references

  • March 19, 1921 - Nationalist victory at Crossbarry

Cross references


  1. OCanainn, pp. 32-33, "The Ballad of Charlie Hurley" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OCan032


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1978 (OCanainn)
Found in: Ireland