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Michael O’Callaghan: Irish Nationalist and Mayor of Limerick

Funeral Of Murdered Mayor Michael O’Callaghan, Limerick, 1921.

On March 7, 1921, O’Callaghan was shot and killed by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Black and Tans, a British paramilitary group that was deployed to Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. O’Callaghan was ambushed outside his home on Newenham Street in Limerick and shot several times.

The Killing Of O’Callaghan Was Part Of A Larger Campaign Of Violence And Repression By British Forces In Ireland During The War Of Independence. The Black And Tans, In Particular, Were Notorious For Their Brutality And Were Responsible For A Number Of Atrocities, Including The Burning Of Cork City And The Killing Of Civilians.

The assassination of O’Callaghan sparked outrage in Ireland and beyond and was widely condemned as a brutal and unjustifiable act. O’Callaghan was seen as a hero and a martyr by many in Ireland, and his death helped to galvanize support for the Irish independence movement.

Today, O’Callaghan is remembered as a key figure in the struggle for Irish independence and as a symbol of resistance to British rule in Ireland. he is commemorated in the annals of Irish history as a courageous and dedicated advocate for his country’s freedom.

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