West Cork People: The Dying Rebel: Remembering Sean Hurley and the road to revolution

News Story: April 7, 2016


Throughout Ireland’s long struggle for independence, the ballad, or hero song, emerged as a cultural staple for commemorating historical events and figures in public form. While such songs can often miss the historical complexities of the time periods that they depict, their value can be seen in their ability to provide a window into the emotional and personal elements of the ordinary men and women who participated in such events, a facet, which often doesn’t come across in more formal histories. While the subjects and inspirations for popular narrative ballads are many and varied, they all provide listeners with valuable insights into the subjects that they immortalise in song.


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