I am the grandson of a contempary and good friend of Frank Aiken. Frank Aiken rose to prominance in the war of independance between Irelandand Britian, achiveing the rank of general of the 4th northeran division IRA. I must state that this IRA have no link to the present, it was during this time 1919 - 1922 the national army of Ireland, its name however has been borrowed and tarnished by todays Provisional IRA. My grand father was his Adj General John McCoy, based around, Armagh, South Down and north Louth. The 4th northern division fought in this area quite successfulluly until the treaty was signed between Ireland and Britian in 1921, leading to the withdrawl of Britian from Ireland(south). However civil war then insewed in Ireland. THe 4th northeran division remained neutral, but were taken into it against their will when their Head Quaters were attacked in June 1922, Frank Aiken along with 160 of his men were captured, how ever my grand father John McCoy was not and along with the remainder of the division some 200 or so men entered the town some weeks later and rescued Frank by assaltinh Dundalf jain where he was beign held. They all escaped, with minimal loss of life, how ever my grand father was captured while acting as a rearguard for his fleeing men and leader. Aiken succeded in retaking the town later that year, and was then made leader of the IRA and was instramental in making peace, leading to the end or two years of war by surrendering to pro treaty troops. Frank entered goverment in 1932 with Eamon De Velera, who became two time Prime minister and then President of Ireland. Frank held various positions in the Irish Goverment from Minister of supplys during world war two, to minister of defence, again for part of world war two. He later cecame Minister for Foreign Affairs, and then Ireland representive in the UN where he made his name in international politics, playing a huge role in forcing the USA to accept China onto the UN security council, where they sit to this day. Frank Aiken is a very well known man in Ireland, highly respected, for his contribution to this country. He died in 1982 or 1983 I am not quite sure.
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