OLD IMAGES OF CLARE – Arrest of De Valera in Ennis

OLD IMAGES OF CLARE – Arrest of De Valera in Ennis

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The above video from British Pathé documents the arrest of Éamon de Valera in Ennis on 15 August, 1923.

The video describes how”Ireland’s stormy petrel” reappears from hiding and is promptly arrested in dramatic circumstances.

De Valera was arrested by Free State troops, under the Public Safety Act, as he was about to make a speech. He remained imprisoned until July 1924. Despite this, Clare elected de Valera top of the poll in the general election on 27 August 1923. De Valera continued to represent Clare for the rest of his active political career.

Mill Street (Parnell Street) and O’Connell Square feature in the video.

Eamon de Valera, addressing a meeting in Ennis just before his arrest in a 1923 photo. (AP Photo)
Eamon de Valera, addressing a meeting in Ennis just before his arrest in a 1923 photo. (AP Photo)

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