#OTD in 1920 – Court-martial of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork for possession of seditious articles and documents.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘One armed man cannot resist a multitude, nor one army conquer countless legions; but not all the armies of all the empires of earth can crush the spirit of one true man. And that one man will prevail’. –Terence MacSwiney

Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney is under court-martial over which Colonel James, Staffordshire Regiment, presided, assembled at Victoria Barracks, Cork, under the following charges:

1. Without lawful Authority or excuse being in possession of a cypher, on 12 August, which cypher was the numerical Cypher issued to the RIC
2. Having this under his control
3. Being in possession of documents, the publication of which would be likely to cause disaffection to his Majesty (this was the resolution passed by the Corporation, acknowledging the Authority of and pledging allegiance to Dáil Éireann)
4. Copy of speech the Lord Mayor made when elected successor to Lord Mayor MacCurtain

When asked if represented…

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