August 27,

Mountbatten Killed by IRA Bomb – IRA Kill 18 at Warrenpoint at Today in Irish History

August 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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Mountbatten at Today in Irish History

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1874: Irish Sculptor John Henry Foley

: Death of celebrated Irish sculptor John Henry (JH) Foley. Foley’s work features in Dublin and London. His sculpture of Daniel O’Connell dominates Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street. His most prominent work in London is the statute of Prince Albert at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. Foley died before the Albert statue was finished, but the design and concept is his..

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1979: IRA Bomb Kills Lord Mountbatten

An IRA bomb kills the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten in County Sligo.

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Mountbatten at Today in Irish History
Lord Mountbatten 1900-1979

Mountbatten regularly holidayed in the West of Ireland. The bomb exploded on his boat some minutes after he and family friends had departed the little port of Mullaghmore.  Mountbatten’s grandson Nicholas, 14, and fifteen year old local, Paul Maxwell, 15, employed as a boat boy were also killed. Another passenger, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82, dies the day after the attack. Thomas McMahon was convicted of the killings. He was released in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Although hard for many people to swallow, participants on both sides of the Troubles were released under the Good Friday Agreement and proved a watershed in rapprochement between Republican and Loyalist elements.

The Assassination of Lord Mountbatten

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1979: Warrenpoint Massacre. 18 British Soldiers Killed

The IRA inflicts the single-day largest loss of life on British military personnel in Northern Ireland killing eighteen troops in a two-explosion operation. Six members of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment were killed when a flat bed trailer containing at least 500lbs of explosives was detonated. A rapid response unit from the Queen’s Own Highlanders set up an incident center close the carnage, just as the IRA had anticipated. Thirty two minutes after the first explosion, another huge bomb hidden in milk churns killed twelve more troops. Not since Arnhem 1944 had the paras suffered so many casualties in a single contact with enemy forces. The IRA’s previous most successful attach on British forces had occurred in 1920 at Kilmichael, Co. Cork during the Irish War of Independence.

The bombs were detonated by IRA members who were literally yards away – across a narrow stretch of water in the Irish Republic where British troops could not pursue them. Gardai arrested two men close the scene who were later released later due to lack of evidence. One of the released men Brendan Burns, was killed in a premature explosion while loading an IRA bomb into a van near Crossmaglen, County Armagh in 1988.

Press photographer Peter Boyle who was in the area by chance heard the explosion and took photos that were seen around the world. In These are the Last Photos I ever took, he provides a harrowing account of what he saw. (Warning: This article is extremely graphic)

Remains of Army vehicle

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READ: Para Officers recollection of the day (Warning: Again extremely graphic)

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READ: Website dedicated to IRA volunteer Brendan Burns  

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August 26,

Big Jim Larkin and the Dublin Lockout – De Valera Elected Dail President

August 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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Big Jim Larkin

Big Jim Larkin

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1913: The Great Dublin Lockout

The Great Dublin Lockout starts and one of the most bitter and divisive labor disputes in Irish history will run until February 1914 when starving workers are forced back to work.

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Big Jim Larkin in full voice

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Five years previously, in 1908, at a time when Irish laborers were working in atrocious conditions, Union organizer Big Jim Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU).

The 1913 Lockout occurred when William Murphy, owner of the Dublin United Tramway Company sacked  employees who refused to leave the ITGWU. Larkin called all ITGWU members out on strike. Murphy responded by declaring a lockout. Other strike action occurred throughout the city often involving violent action between police and strikers.

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A police baton charge on a meeting where Larkin was speaking on August 31 resulted in the deaths of two protestors and injuries to hundreds – police and civilians.

While Murphy controlled much of the media commentary in his role as proprietor of the Irish Independent, many prominent Irish nationalists and intellectuals lent support to the strikers including George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Patrick Pearse,  Pádraic Colum and AE Russell who wrote a stinging open letter to Dublin employers citing “an oligarchy of four hundred masters deciding openly upon starving one hundred thousand people.”

“You are bad citizens, for we rarely, if ever, hear of the wealthy among you endowing your city with the munificent gifts which it is the pride of merchant princes in other cities to offer, and Irishmen not of your city who offer to supply the wants left by your lack of generosity are met with derision and abuse. Those who have economic power have civic power also, yet you have not used the power that was yours to right what was wrong in the evil administration of this city. You have allowed the poor to be herded together so that one thinks of certain places in Dublin as a pestilence. There are twenty thousand rooms, in each of which live entire families, and sometimes more, where no functions of the body can be concealed, and delicacy and modesty are creatures that are stifled ere they are born……………. (A)and you determined deliberately, in cold anger, to starve out one third of the population of this city, to break the manhood of the men by the sight of the sufferings of their wives and the hunger of their children.

Eventually the strike petered out mainly through desperation, but it was the first time in Ireland that employers and labor understood the power of organized activity by the labor movement.

Writer and Commentator Æ Russell

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1921: Eamonn De Valera – President of Dail Eireann

Eamonn De Valera is elected as President of the Republic by Dail Eireann. De Valera’s title was not recognized by Britain. He would remain President until defeated on the vote on the Treaty in January 1922. The history of Ireland is full of many sad ironies. He is proposed for President by Sean MacEoin and seconded by General Richard Mulcahy — both of whom later line up against him in the Civil War.

Eamonn De Valera

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