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November 13,

De Valera Treaty Negotiations – The Sullivan Brothers – Jack Lynch on Northern Ireland Crisis

November 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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Arthur Griffith, Eamonn De Valera 1921

Arthur Griffith, Eamonn De Valera 1921

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1921: De Valera on 1921 Treaty Negotiations

At cabinet meeting De Valera advised ” that whilst the utmost co-operation should exist between Dublin and London the plenipotentiaries (negotiators)  should have a perfectly free hand but should follow original instructions re important decisions.” This statement by De Valera, in retrospect lacked clarity. The binding legality of the Treaty signing in December (providing independence for twenty-six counties of Ireland) generated massive conflict and ultimately a civil war.

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Arthur Griffith, Eamonn De Valera 1921
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1942: Five Sullivan Brothers Die.

Five Sullivan brothers from Iowa die when their ship the light cruiser SS Juneau is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Raised in an Irish-Catholic family, the brothers great grandfather had emigrated from Ireland.

The Sullivan brothers on SS Juneau
The Sullivan brothers on SS Juneau

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Early on the morning of November 13, during the naval Battle of Guadalcanal, the Juneau was torpedoed and badly damaged. Late that morning, while south of San Cristobal Island withdrawing with other survivors of the 13 November action, Juneau was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-26, exploded and sank very rapidly. Only ten crewmembers survived to be rescued several days later. The five brothers, George Thomas, Francis Henry, Joseph Eugene, Madison Abel, and Albert Leo had expressed a desire to serve on the same ship.

In 1997, the US Navy commissions The Sullivans, the second ship to be named after the five Sullivan brothers.

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READ:  The Sullivan Brothers at Naval History and Heritage Command

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1968: Jack Lynch on Northern Ireland Crisis

Speaking about Northern Ireland, Taoiseach Jack Lynch stated in Dail Eireann, he  “hoped that as a result of my contact with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Wilson’s conversations with Captain O’Neill, the civil rights prospects would now become brighter and that the discrimination would be abolished; and that once we saw that was forthcoming we could re-establish north-south contacts.” The crisis in the North was consuming the energies of politicians in Britain and Ireland. Just weeks previously, Lynch had met with Northern Irish Nationalist leader Eddie McAteer to discuss the situation.

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November 7,

Dr. Tiede Herrema Released by IRA Captors – De Valera and Churchill Clash

November 7: TODAY in Irish History:

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Tiede Herrema

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1940: De Valera Responds to Churchill on Irish Ports

In a Dail statement,  Éamon de Valera rejects Winston Churchill’s statement about Irish ports stating that there can be no question of handing over Irish ports for use by British forces while the country is partitioned. Britain (in what Churchill considered a short-sighted move) had returned the ports to Irish  control in 1938. This move helped ensure Ireland’s neutrality during World War II.

“I would have refrained from making any comment upon it were it not that it has been followed by an extensive Press campaign dn Britain itself, and re-echoed an the United States of America, the purport of the campaign being that we should surrender or lease our ports to Britain for the conduct of the war………..

We have chosen the policy of neutrality in this war because we believed that it was the right policy for our people. It is the policy which has been accepted, not merely by this House, but by our people as a whole, and nobody who realises what modern war means, and what it means particularly for those who have not sufficient air defences, will have the slightest doubt that that policy was the right one, apart altogether from any questions of sympathy on one side or the other………

. There can be no question of the handing over of these ports so long as this State remains neutral. There can be no question of leasing these ports. They are ours. They are within our sovereignty, and there can be no question, as long as we remain neutral, of handing them over on any condition whatsoever. Any attempt to bring pressure to bear on us by any side—by any of the belligerents—by Britain—could only lead to bloodshed.”

READ: De Valera Speech on Irish Ports

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READ: Newspaper Report on De Valera speech

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1975: Release of  IRA Kidnap Victim Tiede Herrema

Dutch industrialist Dr. Tiede Herrema  kidnapped by IRA members  Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle on October 3rd is released unharmed in Portlaoise after a two week siege. Herrema, CEO of Ferenka had been kidnapped by Gallagher and Coyle in an effort to force the release of IRA prisoners including Rose Dugdale, a well to do English born woman who was carrying Gallagher’s baby.

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SEE: Dr. Tiede Herrema Papers at University of Limerick

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READ: Eddie Gallagher on Herrema Kidnapping

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

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