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

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Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch

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1919: British Troops Sack Fermoy

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 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: Civil War Ceasefire Talks

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.

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Richard Mulcahy

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1933: Founding of Fine Gael

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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Fine Gael Leader W.T. Cosgrave

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