A collection of letters and circulars relating to the Barnes and McCormack Appeal Committee;
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The Barnes and McCormack Appeal Committee was set up 'to ensure that the sentence of death passed on two of their fellow-countrymen, Richard McCormack(otherwise Richards)and Peter Barnes, be not carried out'. Included are circulars issued by the Committee, some lists of names [possibly in Maud Gonne MacBride's hand?] and letters from those in agreement with their campaign - Roddy Connolly, Patrick J. Gorry, T.D., Patrick Boland, Art O'Briain and Dan Breen amongst others. Peter Barnes and James McCormack [alias Richards] were tried, convicted and sentenced for complicity in the IRA's Coventry bombing of 25 August 1939, [part of the S-Plan or Sabotage Campaign of the IRA during 1939-1940] in which 5 people died and 50 others were injured when a bomb placed on the carrier of a bicycle exploded in a crowded street in Broadgate Centre. The incident led to emergency legislation being passed in both in the UK and in Ireland. A campaign for clemency was organised by this Barnes and McCormack Appeal Committee headed by Maud Gonne MacBride. De Valera also made representations to the British government but the campaign was unsuccessful and the two were hanged in Winson Green Prison, Birmingham on 7 February 1940.
Physical description: 7; sheets
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