Aviation Pioneer James Fitzmaurice – Emergency Powers Act 1940

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James Fitzmaurice 1898-1965

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1898: James Fitzmaurice

James Fitzmaurice 1898-1965
James Fitzmaurice 1898-1965

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Aviator James Fitzmaurice is born in Dublin. He was a member of the crew of the Bremen along with Germans Hermann Koehl and Gunther Freiherr von Hunefeld, which made the first successful Trans-Atlantic East-West flight on 12–13 April 1928.  The Bremen took off from Baldonnel Aerodrome on Thursday 12th April 1928 and landed on Greenly Island in Labrador the following day. The previous year ten unsuccessful East-West transatlantic attempts were made including one attempt by Fitzmaurice.

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Bremen awaiting take off at Baldonnel

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In 1998, the Irish Post Office issued a stamp commemorating the 70th anniversary of the crossing.

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Fitzmaurice on Irish stamp

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1921: As Irish War of Independence continues, British Prime Minister Lloyd George and Fr. O’Flannagan, Acting Vice-President of Sinn Féin meet to discuss Irish situation. The outcome of the meeting was described as “not altogether as satisfactory as could be hoped.”

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1940: Emergency Powers Act

Irish Government introduces Emergency Powers (Amendment) Act providing authority for Irish born citizens to be interned. The device was designed to intern IRA activists, some of whom would have fought with De Valera twenty years previously during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

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