Death of Thomas Clarke Luby
On Dec. 1, 1901 -- Thomas
Clarke Luby, the Fenian leader died in NewYork.
Anglo Irish Treaty
On Dec. 5, 1921 -- Lloyd George, the British Prime minister,
informed the Irish delegation that a rejection of the Anglo Irish Treaty
would result in a "immediate and terrible war"
The Treaty was signed the following day.
Irish Free State summary executions
On Dec. 8, 1922 -- Liam Mellows from
Connacht, Rory O'Connor from Leinster, Joseph McKelvey of Ulster
and Richard Barrett from Munster, all Irish patriots were
executed by the Free State Forces.
Battle of Fredericksburg
On Dec. 11 - 15, 1862 -- one of the most savage battles of
the American Civil War was fought at Fredericksburg in Virginia.
The Irish Brigade under the command of Brig. Gen. Thomas Francis
Meagher led the charge across open ground towards the well
fortified Marye’s Heights. The Brigade lost over 50% of its troops but
advanced further up the heights than any other Union Brigade.
Sinn Féin Election Victory
On Dec. 14, 1918 -- Sinn Féin contested the general election
promising not to represent their constituents in the Westminster
Parliament, but instead would set up a Republican assembly that would
form an Irish government for Ireland.. Sinn Féin won over 79% of
the popular vote and 73 of 105 seats including a majority of seats
in the Province of Ulster.