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Corrib Shores: These Are Our People – Richard Edmund Barrett

Corrib Beo have collaborated with a number of different community groups to create the new exhibition, Corrib Shores: These Are Our People, which will be on display in the museum Education Room from 13 August 2023 until 20 September 2023.  This community-led exhibition celebrates eleven men and women from around the Corrib shores who have made a significant footprint in society during their lives, maybe not setting the world on fire, but creating a spark that mattered, be it locally, nationally or internationally. Today we feature US Navy & Army veteran, Richard Edmund Barrett.


Richard Edmund Barrett (1842–1911)

US Navy & Army Veteran

Barrett homestead at Cloonmore Rosscahill. The property was also once occupied by Frank Persse, brother of Lady Gregory Photo Credit David Barrett

Born at Cloonmore, Rosscahill, Richard Edmund Barrett (Dick Ned) left for the United States in 1862 and enlisted as a landsman in the Union Navy in New York.

During his time in the Union Navy, Richard served on board the USS New Berne and USS Niphon, where he saw action in the US Civil War. After his transfer to the USS Wachusett, he saw service in China, Korea, and Japan, before being discharged.

This was not the end of his military career. Richard also enlisted as a private in the US Infantry and, after service there, in the US Cavalry, where he served in Alabama and at Fort Griffin, Texas. He died in New York.

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