Christmas Cease Fire, 1922

The idea of a Christmas cease fire between those fighting against each other in the Irish Civil War is put forward in a typed memorandum dated December 23rd 1922. This memorandum, seen below, was written by Eamon De Valera and sent to his Chief of Staff, Liam Lynch. De Valera received a letter from a friend who had suggested that... 


'..out of respect for the Xmas festival we should declare a "cease fire" as far as our troops are concerned from some time on Sunday until some day next week..'


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UCDA P150/1749 Papers of Eamon De Valera. Reproduced by kind permission of UCD-OFM Partnership

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