Robert Byrne, First IRA Volunteer to die in War of Independence 1919

#OnThisDay 1919 The first IRA Volunteer to die in the War of Independence, Captain Robert Byrne was fatally wounded during a rescue mission launched by the Limerick IRA to free him from RIC custody in a hospital. He was shot by RIC Constable Spillane who, upon seeing the furore, lay across Byrne’s body, pulled his gun and shot his twice in the chest. One RIC Constable, Constable O’Brien was shot dead and Spillane was also shot.

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