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Transatlantic defianceThe militant Irish republican movement in America, 1923-45$
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Wilk Gavin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091667

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091667.001.0001

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Guiding a bombing campaign from the United States, 1936–9

Guiding a bombing campaign from the United States, 1936–9

(p.124) 7 Guiding a bombing campaign from the United States, 1936–9
Transatlantic defiance

Gavin Wilk

Manchester University Press

As the Irish Republican Army continued to become fractured with internal division and undermined by Fianna Fáil policies, the militant republican movement in Ireland became highly vulnerable. After IRA Chief of Staff Maurice Twomey was imprisoned in 1936, Seán Russell, the organisation’s Quartermaster General, emerged as a leading voice. This was significant, for Russell was willing to serve as a leading force for the hypothetical bombing campaign created by the Clan na Gael. This chapter portrays how the bombing campaign became a reality through intricate and elaborate transatlantic activities. Most importantly, this chapter reveals for the first time how the Clan na Gael actually co-ordinated and guided this campaign from the US.

Keywords:   Seán Russell, Joseph McGarrity, Maurice Twomey, Irish Republican Army, Clan na Gael, transatlantic, co-ordinated, guided

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