A war mounted by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) against the British government and its forces in Ireland. It began in January 1919 and lasted until a ceasefire or "truce" in July 1921.
A good overview of the War of Independence from the Irish history website - The Irish Story. Text contains links to other articles published by the website.View full description
A fantastic site containing the personal collection of photos and letters of Vinny Byrne. Byrne was a member of Collin’s Squad and had an active role in the Civil War on the Pro Treaty side.. It also contains scans of Poblacht na hEireann and Saorstat, the Anti- and Pro-Treaty newspapers of the time.View full description
Describes the 'Cairo Gang' - group of 16 army and policemen who worked as intelligence officers during the War of Independence. The site explores the origin of the group, their actions and their deaths at various hotels and flats.View full description
A series of podcasts, delivered by Dr. Michael Laffan on the Revolutionary period.View full description
Unlike the Easter Rising which was heavily centered in Dublin, the War of Independence was a guerrilla war that was fought throughout the country - the killing of two Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) members in Co tipperary is said to have been the start of the conflict.
Were there events in your locality during the War of Independence? The following websites look at incidents in specific areas of the country.
Memoirs of Andrew O'Donoghue who was an IRA Commander in Clare during the War of Independence. Text based on recordings made by his daughter. From the excellent Clare County Library website.View full description
A photographic record with notes about the IRA volunteers published in the tipperary Historical Journal in 1994. The photographs are from a collection by Jack Sharkey who was an avid photographer and volunteer between 1918 and 1923. The collection includes an introduction from his son on his father's memories and stories from the period.View full description
An interesting examination of the struggle for freedom in West Waterford. From the excellent Waterford County Museum Website.View full description
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