Post-Truce: De Valera Meets Lloyd George – James Connolly in New York

July 14: TODAY in Irish History:

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De Valera enters Downing Street 1921

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1798: United Irishmen Executed

United Irishmen brothers Henry and John Sheares are executed for their part in the 1798 rebellion. The previous day in his speech from the dock John Shearer said:

“The accusation of which I speak, while I linger here yet a minute, is that of holding out to the people of Ireland a direction to give no quarter to the troops fighting for its defence. My lords, let me say thus, that if there be any acquaintances in this crowded court–I do not say my intimate friends, but acquaintances–who do not know what I say is truth, I shall be reputed the wretch which I am not; I say, if any acquaintance of mine can believe that I could utter a recommendation of giving no quarter to a yielding and unoffending foe, it is not the death which I am about to suffer that I deserve–no punishment could be adequate to such a crime. My lords, I can not only acquit my soul of such an intention, but I declare, in the presence of that God before whom I must shortly appear, that the favorite doctrine of my heart was that no human being should suffer death, but when absolute necessity required it.”





1910: James Connolly in New York

The Irish Socialist Federation hosts a farewell dinner for James Connolly before he returns to Dublin. Connolly lived in New York 1904-1910 where he was active in socialist and Irish nationalist circles. Connolly co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World (‘the Wobblies’) and was also a national organizer for the Socialist Party of America.

James Connolly New York




1921: De Valera Meets Lloyd George in London

Just three days after a truce is implemented, Eamonn De Valera, President of Dail Eireann meets with British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in London. Francis Stevenson, Private Secretary to Lloyd George recalled: ”

I have never seen David so excited as he was before De Valera arrived, at 4.30. He kept walking in and out of my room… As I told him afterwards, he was bringing up all his guns! He had a big map of the British Empire hung up on the wall in the Cabinet room, with its great blotches of red all over it. This was to impress De Valera with the greatness of the British Empire and to get him to recognise it, and the King.” Dev apparently was not impressed. Six days later, Britain made its first formal proposal. The main negotiations would take place in December culminating with the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty on December 6.

De Valera enters Downing Street 1921
De Valera enters Downing Street 1921




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