Dan Breen

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  Dan Hogan had all the confidence of a new generation rising to power. Photograph: Courtesy of Monaghan County Museum

While the St Valentine’s Day Massacre was sealing the notoriety of Chicago 90 years ago this week, the effects of a rather more modest act of violence(...)

The Soloheadbeg ambush, in which two policemen were shot dead by a group of Volunteers led by Dan Breen and Seán Treacy, has left an ambiguous legacy. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Centenary commemorations took place this weekend to mark the opening shots at Soloheadbeg in Co Tipperary of what became known as the War of Independe(...)

Sinn Féin leaders  1919. Thirty-six elected members were in jail. P Maloney on left in second row. Photograph: Hulton Archive

PJ Moloney (1871-1947), my great-grandfather, was elected for Tipperary South in the UK general election that took place just weeks following the end (...)

January 18th: The Paris Peace Conference opens. The tone is set early. French president Raymond Poincare declares: “You are assembled to repair the ev(...)

Memorial at Ashtown, Co Dublin, to volunteer Martin Savage, who died during the failed assassination attempt

On the night of December 18th, 1919, a group of IRA men met at the Sinn Féin Club on North Summer Street, Dublin. The fire was roaring. There was much(...)

Solohead village outside Tipperary town.

In January 1950 a memorial was unveiled to those who carried out the Soloheadbeg ambush. It is situated in Solohead village outside Tipperary town sur(...)

Historian and former government minister Martin Mansergh will unveil a new message board at the Soloheadbeg monument. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 2005 Vincent McGrath made international headlines when he was jailed along with four others over the Shell to See controversy. Together they becam(...)

Two RIC constables were shot dead as they escorted gelignite to a Tipperary quarry in 1919

One hundred years ago, on Monday January 21st, 1919  the first shots in Ireland's War of Independence were fired when two policemen were kille(...)

The site of the Soloheadbeg ambush, which  started a chain of events that brought about not just one but three civil conflicts that were fought primarily between Irish people. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

On January 21, 1919, the Sinn Féin MPs elected to Parliament in 1918 implemented a policy of abstention from Westminster and met as Dáil Éireann, affi(...)

Photographs from a wanted poster issued for IRA man Dan Breen

Soloheadbeg is not much of a place, though most Irish people have been close enough to it at some stage; it is about a mile from Limerick Junction. I(...)

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