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March 26,

Civil War Gets Closer. Northern Ireland PM Basil Brooke on this day in Irish History

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1901: Kilkenny born Newfoundland politician, educator and High Sheriff Thomas Talbot (b.1818) dies.

1922: At least 8 people die in Belfast in confrontations involving IRA/RIC/Army.

1922: Further movement to Civil War. An IRA convention is held in the Mansion House in defiance of a March 15 Dail Eireann decree. Rory O’Connor days earlier had indicated open defiance against President Arthur Griffith. At this convention the convention passed a resolution saying that the IRA “shall be maintained as the Army of the Irish Republic under an Executive appointed by the Convention”. An Executive of 16 members was elected headed by Liam Lynch and including Rory O’Connor, Liam Mellows and Ernie O’Malley. Ireland was moving to a horribly divisive civil war between compatriots and friends who had fought the British for many years.

1963: Basil Brooke resigns as Prime  Minister of Northern Ireland after being in office for twenty years. He would be succeeded by Terence O’Neill.

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Basil Brooke


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