Britain Hands Over Dublin Castle – Prohibition and the Irish at Today in Irish History

January 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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Michael Collins arrives by taxi to Dublin Castle

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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1919: Prohibition and the Irish

Prohibition takes effect in United States. Much of the logic driving prohibition and the temperance movement had latent anti-immigrant, anti-Irish foundations. The Irish and other immigrants were often seen by the movement  (with some justification) as part of an alcohol and drunkenness problem and a threat to the well-being of the nation. The introduction of prohibition proved a boon to lawlessness and brought numerous Irish and Irish American gangsters to the fore including Legs Diamond, Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and Dion O’Banion.


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1922: Handover of Dublin Castle by British

Michael Collins arrives by taxi for Dublin Castle handover

Michael Collins arrives by taxi for Dublin Castle handover

In one of the great symbolic acts in Irish history the last Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, Edmund Talbot Fitzallen, formally hands over power to Michael Collins and the keys to Dublin Castle. On the same date, a number of IRA units vote not to recognize the government of Collins and the country heads inexorably to civil war.

Lord Lieutenant FitzAlan is reported to have said, “You are seven minutes late Mr. Collins” to which he received the reply “We’ve been waiting over seven hundred years, you can have the extra seven minutes”.



Kevin O'Higgins and Collins following handover of Dublin Castle

Kevin O’Higgins and Michael Collins at Dublin Castle handover


Michael Collins in For the Love of Being Irish

Michael Collins image in For the Love of Being Irish written by Conor Cunneen, illustrated by Mark Anderson.


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