Michael Collins and Harry Boland mastermind De Valera’s jail break from Lincoln Prison 1919

#OnThisDay 1919 Michael Collins & Harry Boland masterminded a plan to break Eamon De Valera, the President of Dáil Éireann, out of Lincoln Jail with the age old trick, a key in a fruitcake. Three cakes were baked with keys inside, the first two keys did not work but the third cake, baked in Susan Talty’s house and delivered by her sister Kathleen had a blank key that that filed down to fit the locks. Two other Irish men, Sean Milroy & Sean McGarry (his wife, Tomasina baked and delivered the first cake which didn’t work) also escaped. 

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Boland, Collins and Dev

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