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Proclamation of the Army Executive of Óglaigh na hÉireann, June 1922.

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"Fellow Citizens of the Irish Republic"

Proclamation Issued June 1922



The fateful hour has come. At the dictation of our hereditary enemy our rightful cause is being treacherously assailed by recreant Irishmen. The crash of arms and the boom of artillery reverberate in this supreme test of the Nation's destiny.


Gallant soldiers of the Irish Republic stand vigorously firm in its defence and worthily uphold their noblest traditions. The sacred spirit of the Illustrious dead are with us in this great struggle, "Death before Dishonour" being an unchanging principle of our national faith as it was of theirs, still inspire to emulate their glorious effort.


We, therefore, appeal to all citizens who have withstood unflinchingly the oppression of the enemy during the past six years to rally to the support of the Republic and recognise that the resistance now being offered is but the continuance of the struggle that was suspended by the truce with the British. We especially appeal to our former comrades of the Irish Republic to return to that allegiance and thus guard the Nation's honour from the infamous stigma that her sons aided her foes in retaining a hateful domination over her.


Confident of victory and maintaining Ireland's independence, this appeal is issued by the Army Executive on behalf of the Irish Republican Army.


Commandant General Liam Mellows.

Commandant General Rory O'Connor.

Commandant General Joseph McKelvey.

Commandant General Earnan O'Maille.

Commandant General Seamus Robinson.

Commandant General Séan Moylan.

Commandant General Michael Kilroy.

Commandant General Frank Barrett.

Commandant General Thomas Derrig.

Commandant T. Barry.

Colonel Commandant F. O Faolain (Pax Whelan).

Brigadier General J. O'Connor.

General Liam Lynch.

Commandant General Liam Deasy.

Colonel Commandant Peadar O'Donnell.

P. Rutdedge.



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