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Defence of the Realm Act

28 August 2021

The Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) introduced by the British government in late 1914 gave the Dublin Castle authorities widespread draconian powers for Ireland. Free article

Centenary of the Truce of July 1921

9 July 2021

In July 1921 Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in Ireland Nevil Maready led the British Army delegation into Dublin’s Mansion House to meet the representatives of the Irish Republican Army to arrange a Truce between the two forces. Free article

Last prison executions of the Tan war

7 June 2021

The first week of June 1921 saw the last of the 24 prison executions of IRA prisoners by the British regime during the Tan war, which had begun with Kevin Barry on 1 November.

As the number of trials by British military courts increased in the first half of 1921 so also did the number of death sentences. On 4 and 7 June the last three executions were carried out, just a month... Free article

Centenary of the Burning of the Custom House

24 May 2021

The burning of the Custom House in Dublin on 25 May 1921 was one of the largest operations ever carried out by the IRA. It struck at the centre of British administration in Ireland as the building housed nine separate government departments including tax and local government records. The operation fully achieved its objective, though at a heavy cost to the IRA, and its consequences are still debated today. Free article

The Partition Election, 'Northern Ireland' and the Second Dáil

22 May 2021

100 years ago this week the election to the new ‘Northern Ireland’ Parliament marked the beginning of the Orange state Free article

IRA prisoners executed in Dublin and Cork

26 April 2021

One hundred years ago this week the British regime carried out further executions of Irish Republican prisoners in Dublin and Cork. As the war intensified under martial law more and more prisoners were being tried by British military courts which handed down death sentences. Free article

Irish railway workers and dockers defied the British Empire

26 April 2021

Book review: ‘The Irish Munitions Embargo of 1920’ by Peter Rigney, Umiskin Press, Dublin. Free article

1916 and 1981

3 April 2021

Martin McGuinness once said that the deaths of the ten hunger strikers in 1981 was “our 1916”. The impact of the hunger strike was so profound that he was comparing it to the epoch-making events of the 1916 Rising and the executions of the 16 leaders. Free article

Centenary of IRA victory at Crossbarry

18 March 2021

While Tom Barry and the IRA’s West Cork Flying Column are best known for the Kilmichael ambush in November 1920, the Column’s success at the battle of Crossbarry in March 1921 was at least as important, as the IRA outwitted and outfought a British force more than ten times its size. Free article

Six IRA Volunteers executed in Mountjoy Jail 100 years ago

12 March 2021

100 years ago the British regime executed six IRA Volunteers in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin.  They were hanged on the morning of 14 March as tens of thousands of people, including their families, gathered outside the prison and as hundreds of thousands of workers staged a half-day general strike in protest.  Free article

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