British soldiers guard a barricade, probably during the Irish War of Independence, circa 1920. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the father of a British soldier sent a letter from his home in Stretford, Manchester, to Ireland seeking (...)

Roberty Byrnes was arrested and jailed in January 1919

The first IRA volunteer to be killed in the War of Independence is being remembered on Saturday in his hometown on the 100th anniversary of his death.(...)