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The Irish Story Archive on the Irish War of Independence

The Irish War of Independence was a guerrilla conflict, conventionally said to have lasted from 1919-1921. It resulted in the independence of part of Ireland and its partition between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. This is an archive of our articles on the subject to date.

A good place to start is The Irish War of Independence – A Brief Overview.

 

Course of the War

For some the start of the War is the 1916 Easter Rising see our archive on the Rising here.

The following are our articles so far on incidents during the conflict.

January 1919, The Dáil met for the first time and Volunteers shot dead two policemen at Soloheadbeg.

The Siege of Tralee, November 1-9, 1920, by John Dorney

Bloody Sunday, November 21 1920, a day of violence in Dublin. A mass IRA assassination followed by vicious reprisal.

The Kilmichael Ambush, November 28 1920, By John Dorney

The General Strike and Irish Independence, on the two general strikes in Irelnad in favour of independence. By John Dorney.

The Upton Ambush, February 1921. A botched IRA attack on a train at Cork.

Deserters or Spies? – Padraig Og O Ruairc on three British soldiers killed in Clare in February 1921.

The Big House and the Irish Revolution – on the destruction of the landed class’s country mansions.

Bushwhacked – the Loss of the Carlow Flying Column, April 1921, by Daniel Murray

Understated Insurgency, The Carlow IRA Brigade, by Daniel MurrAY

The Raid on the Custom House, May 1921. – The IRA destroy the centre of local government.

The Truce was declared, July 11, 1921. – The last day of open hostilities.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in December 1921 , creating the Irish Free State.

The Dunmanway killings, April 1922. Thirteen men, all Protestants were killed in rural county Cork.

‘The Distinction is a Fine but a Real One’, Padraig Og O Ruairc on sectarianism in Clare in the war.

‘Never Lukewarm’ Seumas Robinson and the Tipperary Brigade in the War of Independence, by Daniel Murray.

Four Bloody Sundays – including two episodes from the War of Independence.

For the subsequent civil war, 1922-23, see our Irish Civil War archive.

Interviews

History Wars, Interview with John Regan, debates the historiography of the War and its aftermath.

David Fitzpatrick on ‘Terror in Ireland’.

Cathal Brennan and John Dorney discuss the War of Independence and Civil War in Dublin.

James Durney on the Dublin Dardanelles – How a street in Dublin became known as the ‘Dardanelles’ during the conflict.

Eunan O’Halpin on the Dead of the Irish Revolution – the project to establish how many died in the war.

Brian Hanley on the IRA at War.

The Irish War of Independence – A Religious War? Three part documentary on the much contest topic of sectarianism in the War of Independence. Featuring John Borgonovo, Fearghal McGarry, Padraig Yeates and Niall Meehan.

Part I

Part II

Part III

 

Books, opinions and reviews

Peter Hart – A legacy – John Dorney Reviews Peter Hart’s work on the Irish Revolution.

An opinion piece by Padraig Og O Ruairc, To Remember or to Commemorate? about the legacy of the RIC.

Opinion: Remembrance and Reconciliation, Heroes in the Irish War of Independence, by Donald Masterson.

Opinion, Commemorating Kilmichael, by Padraig Og O Ruairc.

Review: Ambushes and Armour, by W.H Kautt reviewed by William Butler.

Review: Peeler by Kevin McCarthy, reviewer; John Dorney

Review: The Year of the Disappearances, by Gerard Murphy, reviewer; Padraig Og O Ruairc. Murphy’s reply here.

Review, Turning Points in Twentieth Century Ireland, reviewer; John Dorney.

Review, Terence MacSwiney, A Hunger Strike that Rocked an Empire, by Dave Hannigan, reviewer William Butler.

Review, A Hard Local War, by William Sheehan, Reviewer John Dorney

Review, The Black and Tans, by David M Leeson, Reviewer Padraig Og O Ruairc.

Review, Unlikely Rebels, by Anne Clare, reviewer Mairead Carew.

Review, Sleep Soldier Sleep, by Diarmuid O’Connor and Frank Connolly, Reviewer, John Dorney

Review, Terror in Ireland, Editor, David Fitzpatrick, Reviewer, John Dorney

Book Review, Frontiers of Violence, Ulster and Upper Silesia, by T.K. Wilson, reviewer, John Dorney.

Book Review, The Flame and the Candle, The War in Mayo 1914-1924, by Dominic Price, reviewer John Dorney

Book Review, Ground Truths, British Army Operation in Ireland by WH Kautt, reviewer John Dorney.

Book Review, The Republic, the Fight for Irish Independence, by Charles Townshend, reviewer, Padraig Og O Ruairc.

Book Review, Frank Aiken’s War 1916-1923, by Matthew Lewis, reviewer: John Dorney

Book Review, The Irish Revolution, Tyrone, 1912-1923, by Fergal McCluskey, reviewer: John Dorney

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