As I said in a previous post, it was a joke (that obviously fell flat). I was referring to his being in the US while the fighting was going on in Ireland. Dodging the draft is a euphemism for avoiding military service.OK, I'll Bite
how does de Valera dodge the US Draft in 1917-18 when first he is in a British Prison until his release & election?
from the wording of the 1917 US selective service act he wasnt required to register
28 August 1921
In Newtownards, William Coote, the MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone, called on Lloyd George to drop talks and any future accommodation of Sinn Féin. He also echoed calls for the resignation of the Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Edward Archdale, for appointing a Catholic to his team.
In one of largest crowds since Bloody Sunday, 20,000 people attended the Leinster Football Final between Kildare and Dublin in Croke Park. The game ended in a draw and Dublin went on to win the replay on 18th September.
A group of people entered the orchard of Patrick Walsh in Cappamore, Co. Limerick and stripped the trees of their fruit. Walsh was interned on Bere Island at the time. The local IRA apprehended the fruit thieves.
A veteran New Zealand MP, named William Jennings, visited Ireland. Jennings was on a tour of Europe to visit the graves of two of his sons who died during Great War. One was killed in Gallipoli, and one died of wounds in Athlone. After a short search I found the two sons, Private Edgar Jennings was killed on 3 August 1915 and is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery in Gallipoli. His brother Second Lieutenant Harold Jennings, RFA, was wounded at Loos on 29 September 1915 and died of blood poisoning on 29 February 1916 in Athlone. He is buried in Cornamanagh Cemetery.
And so it begins...12 September 1921
The Dáil met to nominate the team of plenipotentiaries for the forthcoming conference, which included Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, Robert Barton Eamon Duggan and George Gavan Duffy. Erskine Childers would act as secretary to the delegation. With the negotiators nominated, de Valera sent off a letter to LG saying Britain must recognise Ireland as a foreign power. As can be imagined, LG took it well.
Not quite yet.And so it begins...
Interesting article in the Daily Mail with all the expected errors, mistaking a Free State firing squad for the Black and Tans and reference to "a" Slievenamon armoured car, but the photographs are worth looking at.
The collection of 200 images belonged to Private Dermot Foley of the Irish Defence Force - with pictures showing 'Black and Tan' search parties and a man with a bayonet pointed at him.www.dailymail.co.uk