Smith family 1911

On Bloody Sunday morning 1920, 10-year-old Percival Smith answered the door to what he anticipated was a routine call at his father’s boarding house i(...)

After Bloody Sunday November 21st 1920,  the bodies of British officers assassinated in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence are taken back to England for burial. The men were members of British intelligence cell, the Cairo Gang. File photograph: Getty

The initial backlash left the IRA reeling and saw British intelligence enhanced. Then talk turned to a truce With the killing of 32 people, Bloo(...)

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

The so-called “Squad” was a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins, several of whom played key roles in a series of assassinations on the mor(...)

Former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Last year while filming his new documentary about the War of Independence, former British defence secretary Michael Portillo found himself alone at th(...)

The front page of French newspaper Le Petit Journal, December 5th, 1920, depicting British police attacking a farm in Tipperary occupied by Sinn Féin members. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

There was more than one war of independence being fought in Ireland in 1920. Alongside an increasingly intense military conflict, there were political(...)

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(...)

A former customs hut in Ravensdale, Co Louth, on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The changes in Anglo-Irish relations from the introduction of the third Home Rule Bill in 1912 to the introduction of the fourth Home Rule Bill or Gov(...)

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(...)

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has found out late in the day that disentangling the memory of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) (...)

Michael Collins - pictured in 1921. This postcard image became a popular memento after he was killed in an ambush near Bandon in County Cork. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Owen Paterson became the latest Tory Eurosceptic MP to invoke the name of an Irish nationalist politician during the protracted Brexit debates in the (...)

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