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December 5,

Today in Irish History: George Custer?? Final Treaty Negotiations

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1839: General George Armstrong Custer is born. Custer had no connection with Ireland, but a large percentage of the 7th Cavalry that he led to battle at the Little Big Horn, June 25 1876 were Irish. At least 34 of the 268 soldiers killed were Irish including Captain Myles Keogh from County Carlow. Keogh served with distinction in the Union army during the civil war being commended for actions at Gettysburg where he received a battlefield promotion.

Irish born Myles Keogh was killed at battle of Little Big Horn

Photo shows Myles Keogh on left. Seated is General John Buford, Keogh’s commanding office at Gettysburg.
1921: Negotions on Irish independence from Britain enter final and crucial stage at Downing Street. Irish delegates including Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith who had returned from an acrimonious cabinet meeting in Dublin meet with the British team which included Lloyd George and Churchill.

It was an extremely testy meeting. Prime Minister Lloyd George told Collins that if they did not accede to the treaty which they finally signed in the early hours of the following morning, Britain would recommence hostile activities.

Michael Collins in London for treaty negotiations

Collins in London

1979: Jack Lynch resigns as Taoiseach of Ireland. He is succeeded by Charles J Haughey, a man who would make Nixon and Machiavelli look like choirboys and bring disgrace to the office of Taoiseach.

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