Archive for December 12th, 2011

December 12,

Today in Irish History: Sean MacBride Peace Prize. Balcombe Street Siege Ends.

December 12: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1920:¬† Referring IRA activity, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork, Daniel Colahan, issued a decree saying that “anyone within the diocese of Cork who organises or takes part in ambushes or murder or attempted murder shall be excommunicated”. Cork went on to become one of the most violent counties during the War of Independence. Proud Corkmen like to reference their county as the “Rebel County.”

1974: Sean MacBride receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

1975: A six day siege ends in Balcombe Street London after four IRA men surrender to British authorities and release two hostages. The so called Balcombe Street Gang – Martin O’Connell, Edward Butler, Harry Duggan and Hugh Doherty were charged with ten murders including that of Guinness Book of Records editor Ross McWhirter. Sentenced to life imprisonment, all four would be released in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday accord.

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