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Lot 54: RORY O’CONNOR’S COMMUNIQUE FROM THE FOUR COURTSA poster headed ‘STOP PRESS’ and communicating General Rory O’ Connor’s message from the Four Courts, effectively announcing the beginning of the Civil War. 28 June 1922. 49 x 33cm, (19.5 x 13”)‘At 3

Important Irish Art 7th December 2016

by Adam's

December 7, 2016

Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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  • RORY O’CONNOR’S COMMUNIQUE FROM THE FOUR COURTSA poster headed ‘STOP PRESS’ and communicating General Rory O’ Connor’s message from the Four Courts, effectively announcing the beginning of the Civil War. 28 June 1922. 49 x 33cm,  (19.5 x 13”)‘At 3
  • RORY O’CONNOR’S COMMUNIQUE FROM THE FOUR COURTSA poster headed ‘STOP PRESS’ and communicating General Rory O’ Connor’s message from the Four Courts, effectively announcing the beginning of the Civil War. 28 June 1922. 49 x 33cm,  (19.5 x 13”)‘At 3
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Description: RORY O’CONNOR’S COMMUNIQUE FROM THE FOUR COURTSA poster headed ‘STOP PRESS’ and communicating General Rory O’ Connor’s message from the Four Courts, effectively announcing the beginning of the Civil War. 28 June 1922. 49 x 33cm, (19.5 x 13”)‘At 3.40am this morning we received a note signed by Tom Ennis demanding on behalf of “the Government” our surrender at 4am. He opened attack at 4.07am in the name of his Government, with Rifle, Machine and field pieces. The boys are glorious, and will fight for the Republic to the end.. Three casualties so far, all slight. Father Albert and Father Dominic with us here..’Republican forces garrisoned the Four Courts in April 1922, as tensions mounted over the Anglo-Irish Treaty. They were not disturbed for some time, while various mediators tried to reconcile the pro- and anti-Treaty groups. Matters came to a head in late June, when Republicans from the Four Courts led by Ernie O’Malley detained Free State Army’s deputy Chief of Staff, ‘Ginger’ O’Connell. In London Churchill warned the Free State Government that it must impose its authority, or the British would do it for them. The Minister for Defence, Michael Collins, backed into a corner, was forced to borrow heavy artillery from British forces still stationed near Dublin. They opened fire at 4am on 28 JuneThe present poster was distributed during the course of that morning while the shells were falling across the Liffey. It was evidently composed and printed in great haste and under strain. Very few copies have survived, and it is one of the rarest significant documents of the period and also one of the saddest.Provenance: Purchased in these rooms, Lot 32, Important Irish Art, 25th May 2005

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