February 20

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1979 Eleven members of the UVF ‘Shankill Butchers’ gang were convicted of 112 offences, including nineteen murders, mainly of Catholics, along with attempted murders, kidnappings and bomb explosions.
  • 1954 Henry Harrison, County Down-born nationalist whose life’s work was devoted to the cause of rehabilitating Charles Stewart Parnell, died. He published two books in defence of Parnell and, two years before his death, secured amendments to the account of the Pigott forgeries as recorded in the History of the Times newspaper.
  • 1921 The East Cork IRA flying column was almost entirely wiped out when Crown forces surrounded a cottage at Clonmult, seven miles north of Middletown, which they were using as training and living quarters. Twelve were shot dead and a further two were later executed.

 

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