Treaty Negotiations 1921. The Five Sullivan Brothers. Northern Ireland Crisis at Today in Irish History

November 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1921: De Valera on 1921 Treaty Negotiations

At cabinet meeting De Valera advised ” that whilst the utmost co-operation should exist between Dublin and London the plenipotentiaries (negotiators)  should have a perfectly free hand but should follow original instructions re important decisions.” This statement by De Valera, in retrospect lacked clarity. The binding legality of the Treaty signing in December (providing independence for twenty-six counties of Ireland) generated massive conflict and ultimately a civil war.

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Arthur Griffith, Eamonn De Valera 1921

Arthur Griffith, Eamonn De Valera 1921

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1942: Five Sullivan Brothers Die.

Five Sullivan brothers from Iowa die when their ship the light cruiser SS Juneau is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Raised in an Irish-Catholic family, the brothers great grandfather had emigrated from Ireland.

The Sullivan brothers on SS Juneau

The Sullivan brothers on SS Juneau

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Early on the morning of November 13, during the naval Battle of Guadalcanal, the Juneau was torpedoed and badly damaged. Late that morning, while south of San Cristobal Island withdrawing with other survivors of the 13 November action, Juneau was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-26, exploded and sank very rapidly. Only ten crewmembers survived to be rescued several days later. The five brothers, George Thomas, Francis Henry, Joseph Eugene, Madison Abel, and Albert Leo had expressed a desire to serve on the same ship.

In 1997, the US Navy commissions The Sullivans, the second ship to be named after the five Sullivan brothers.

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READ about The Sullivan Brothers at Naval History and Heritage Command

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1968: Jack Lynch on Northern Ireland Crisis

Speaking about Northern Ireland, Taoiseach Jack Lynch stated in Dail Eireann, he  “hoped that as a result of my contact with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Wilson’s conversations with Captain O’Neill, the civil rights prospects would now become brighter and that the discrimination would be abolished; and that once we saw that was forthcoming we could re-establish north-south contacts.” The crisis in the North was consuming the energies of politicians in Britain and Ireland. Just weeks previously, Lynch had met with Northern Irish Nationalist leader Eddie McAteer to discuss the situation.

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