The Sack of Fermoy. De Valera Ceasefire Talks. W. T. Cosgrave

September 8: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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September 8: TODAY in Irish History:

1919: British troops “sack” the town of Fermoy, Co. Cork as reprisal for an ambush  by the IRA the previous day which resulted in the death of one soldier.

The attack by the IRA, led by Liam Lynch was the first deliberate ambush by the IRA on British troops and opened the War of Independence.

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Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch 1893-1923

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By the standards of later standards, the “Sack of Fermoy” was relatively benign with a number of shops burned and destroyed by British troops.

SEE: Interesting quirky site on Fermoy: A Garrison Town.

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1922: With the Irish Civil War raging between pro and anti-Treaty forces, Eamonn De Valera (anti-treaty) meets in secret with Richard Mulcahy, Commander of the pro-treaty government supporters to discuss an end to the violence. The discussions came to nothing as in De Valera’s view they “could not find a basis” for agreement according to author Tim Pat Coogan.

free state commander richard mulcahy at today in irish history

Richard Mulcahy

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Free state troops civil war

Government troops Irish Civil War

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1933: Fine Gael was founded on 8 September 1933 following the merger of Cumann na nGaedheal, the National Centre Party and the National Guard, popularly known as the “Blueshirts.” It’s first leader was W.T. Cosgrave.

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W. T. Cosgrave

Fine Gael Leader W.T. Cosgrave

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