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O Bradaigh, Ruairi

Born: 1932 AD
Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
Nationality: Irish
Categories: Politician

1932 – Born on the 2nd of October in Longford.

1950 – Educated at St Mel’s College.

         – He joined Sinn Féin.

1951 – Joined the Irish Republican Army.

         – Marched with the IRA at the unveiling of the Seán Russell monument in Fairview Park, Dublin.

1954 – Studied in University College Dublin, from where he graduated with a commerce degree (BComm) and certification in the teaching of the Irish language.

          – Took a job teaching at Roscommon Vocational School, in Roscommon.

1955 – Ó Brádaigh led a ten-member IRA group in an arms raid on Hazebrouck Barracks, near Arborfield, Berkshire.

1956 – Trained the Teeling Column (one of the four armed units prepared for the Campaign) in the West of Ireland.

        – Served as second in command of the Teeling Column and on 30th of December he partook in the Teeling Column attack on Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in Derrylin, County Fermanagh.

        – Arrested across the border in County Cavan by the Garda Síochána shortly after, tried, and jailed for six months in Mountjoy Prison.

1961-1962 – IRA chief of staff for a second time.

1962 – Authored of the statement ending the IRA’s Border Campaign.

1970-1983 – He was voted chairman of the Caretaker Executive of Provisional Sinn Féin.

         – October, he became president of the party.

2003 – Ruairí Ó Brádaigh speaking at the RSF Ard FheisHe remains a vociferous opponent of the Good Friday


2005 – Handed over a portion of his personal political papers detailing discussions between Irish Republican leaders and representatives of the British Government.