British authorities fear trouble in Dublin, and refuse to allow Terence MacSwiney’s remains go anywhere near the Irish capital. Instead, his coffin is put on the steamer Rathmore at Holyhead in Wales, and sent directly to Cork under military guard. However, a planned requiem Mass still goes ahead in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. And this is the planned funeral procession through Sackville Street, (now O’Connell Street) Dublin on October 29th, 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

January 2nd: The War of Independence begins in earnest with an attack on Carrigtwohill RIC barracks in Co Cork. January 15th: Sinn Féin has major su(...)

An armoured car at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, during Republican hunger strike protests in April 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The War of Independence is best remembered for the events of 1920. This was the year of Bloody Sunday; the burnings of Cork, Balbriggan and Trim; the (...)

The charred remains of the Loughnane brothers in coffins  resemble the gothic excesses of a Hieronymus Bosch painting

One of the most powerful images of the War of Independence is the coffins containing the charred remains of the Loughnane brothers, Patrick and Harry,(...)

A cartoon depicting a uniformed Irish Volunteer (representing Ireland) being introduced to the Versailles Conference table by Uncle Sam. Other participants at the conference table are represented by stylised figures such as John Bull. Photograph: NLI

Every student of Irish history is taught that the War of Independence began on January 21st, 1919, with the ambush of a party escorting a cartload of(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

Cumann na mBan members protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the War of Independence in July 1921. Placards read ‘Mother of God, open the prison gates; Release our Fathers and Brothers; and Mother of Mercy, pray for prisoners.’

The word combatants have been used in recent times to describe the contribution of Cumann na mBan. However, it must be remembered that when using the (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan suggested ‘Danny Boy, some Thomas Moore pieces, and anything else which the Garda Band would deem appropriate’ as suitable music for the RIC event, according to internal emails.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice knew there were likely to be “sensitivities” around their plan for a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) an(...)

Cathal Crowe (Fianna Fáil) celebrates with his son Sam after being elected at the Co Clare Count at the falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe who has become a TD for the first time in Clare has said his objection to the Government’s Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) c(...)

RIC men on wait on an unidentified  station platform.

What is this week’s commemoration controversy about? The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan had proposed to host a commemoration service for member(...)

 Black & Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.

The Irish rebel song Come Out Ye Black And Tans has topped the iTunes charts in the UK and Ireland, following a row over a planned commemoration of th(...)

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