Some 900 internees were held on the island from February to December 1921, three times the number of prisoners, though not all are listed in the ledger. Some of the internees listed include Dick Barrett, one of six who managed to successfully escape in November 1921. Another is James ‘Tough’ Barry, who subsequently managed the Cork hurling team to All Ireland success. Unfortunately, not all survived their time on the island. Patrick White from Meelick, Co Clare, was shot by a sentry and died later of his wounds. Daniel Clancy, from Kanturk, was injured because of British Army fire and subsequently died in the Cork Military Hospital in Victoria Barracks.
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Spike Island Ledger Presentation