The Crown Entry Raid, 25th April, 1936


On 25th April, 1936, the RUC raided the Craobh Ruadh rooms in 10 Crown Entry, Belfast. Inside, was the IRA’s Adjutant-General, Jim Killeen (not Moss Twomey, as The Irish Press reported), two other GHQ staff members and almost all the IRA’s northern leadership. All present were charged with treason felony (not used in 50 years). The long term repercussions were the removal of individuals who would have opposed Sean Russell’s English bombing campaign of 1939 and Killeens influence on the IRA’s Northern Command concept, set up in 1939.

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