James Craig

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British PM David Lloyd George privately said he would rather resign  than coerce Ireland. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

No phrase is more associated with the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations than the one reputedly used by British prime minister David Lloyd George on the (...)

The Irish peace delegation shortly after arrival at the Grosvenor Hotel in London in  1921. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

December 1920: Peace feelers by the Archbishop of Perth Patrick Clune founder on a demand by the British government that the IRA disarm before enterin(...)

Karen Ardiff as Arthur Griffith, Shadaan Felfeli as Robert Barton, Patrick Moy as Michael Collins, John Cronin as Cathal Brugha and Jane Brennan as Eamon De Valera during rehearsals. Photograph: Alan Betson

On the walls of the entrance to the Kevin Barry rehearsal rooms in the National Concert Hall are photographs from the Treaty debates 100 years ago. (...)

The Ulster Tower is a replica of Helen’s Tower, a Victorian folly built in famine times by Lord Dufferin on the Clandeboye estate in Co Down. Photograph: myLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Ulster Tower is untypical of the traditional masculine solemnity of most first World War memorials on the Western Front. With its high tower and n(...)

Edward Carson’s statue at Stormont. Photograph: Artur Widak/Nurphoto via Getty

On July 12th, 1933, John Miller Andrews, the local MP and labour minister in the Northern Ireland parliament, told an Orange rally at Finnnebrogue nea(...)

Belfast at about noon, June 22nd, 1921. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

“Belfast let itself go with a vengeance yesterday when it opened the heart of Ulster to receive its King and Queen.” So begins the main news report in(...)

Arthur Griffith was chairman of the small Irish team sent to negotiate a treaty with Britain in 1921

“When I was going to London Mr de Valera said to me, ‘There may have to be scapegoats’ . . . [Michael] Collins and myself were willing to be scapegoat(...)

Michael Collins arriving at Earlsfort Terrace for a Dáil meeting in January  1921. Photograph:   Independent News And Media/Getty Images

On the evening of December 5th, 1921, after two months locked in negotiations with the Irish, the British prime minister David Lloyd George decided th(...)

Arthur Griffith arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 11th, 1921 after the truce is declared. Photograph: The National Museum of Ireland

What happened in 1921 in Ireland? A lot is the short answer. The two jurisdictions on this island which are now the Republic of Ireland and Northern(...)

Michael Collins (left) and Arthur Griffith. File photograph

For the last 100 years, the behaviour of British prime minister David Lloyd George at the end of the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations has been the subj(...)

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