Assassination of Colonel “Shoot-on-Sight” Smyth (VIDEO)


assassination of the police commissioner in Cork city #discoverireland #irishrebel #cork

♬ original sound – Dara

Rebels Assassinate the Police Commissioner in Cork City!

A Cork Battalion of the IRA led by a young man known as Sean Culhane target and assassinate the British Police Commissioner – Colonel Smyth, on South Mall in Cork city during the Irish War of Independence. In a well-planned and targeted assassination, the Police Commissioner is killed by a group of 12 – 15 assassins.

Known as Colonel ‘Shoot-on-Sight’ Smyth since his first order to his Police Officers was to ‘shoot on sight’ any Irishman not immediately complying with orders. This assassination was another round in the tit-for-tat violence that puncuated the city air during the War of Independence 1919 – 1921.

Dara Burke is a local storyteller and True. Cork. Rebel. When he’s not helping guests experience the real ‘Rebel City’ on his Rebel City Tour of Cork, featuring local food, local drink, and exciting Rebel tales, he’s creating guides of things to do in Cork. Join him on his exciting Cork walking tour to immerse yourself in real Cork culture and make the most of your time in the city.

Leave a Comment