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November 24,

Today in Irish History: Execution of Erskine Childers. Birmingham Six Charged.

November 24: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1922: Irish nationalist Erskine Childers*, author of Riddle of the Sands, arms smuggler, father of the fourth president of Ireland Erskine Childers is executed by Free State government for carrying an unlawful weapon. Childers supported the Anti-Treaty forces in the vicious Irish civil war which bedeviled the country 1921-1923. Ironically, the weapon in question was allegedly a gift from one time friend and colleague Michael Collins. In his book The Riddle of Erskine Childers, Andrew Boyle states that Childers’ final words to his executioners, before he was to be shot were “Take a step or two forward, lads. It will be easier that way.”

* Childers was born in London 1870

1974: British Police charge six men in connection with the Birmingham pub bombings that took place on November 21 resulting in the deaths of twenty one people.

The "Birmingham Six"

The “Birmingham Six”

Although initially found guilty of the bombings, the famous Birmingham Six, Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, Billy Power, and Johnny Walker were released 16 years later when their convictions were quashed

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