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#OTD in 1920 – The first ‘Black and Tans’ (auxiliary policemen) officially arrived in Ireland.

Although they would be operational for less than two years, the ‘Black and Tans’ would become one of the most reviled names in Irish history. 448 more words

Irish History

#OTD in 1921 – Scramogue Ambush: An IRA ambush is mounted on Strokestown-Longford road by south Co Roscommon IRA.

Roscommon was not one of the more violent areas of Ireland during the conflict. The local IRA argued to their GHQ that it was very difficult to conduct guerrilla warfare in the flat open countryside there. 796 more words

Irish History

#OTD in 1921 – Irish War of Independence: A number of attacks take place in Co Kerry.

Headford Ambush

The Kerry No.2 Brigade Flying Column organised the Headford Ambush who, while billeted in the vicinity of Headford on 21 March 1921, learned that a detachment of British troops were due to return by train from Kenmare to Tralee later that day, and decided to ambush them. 503 more words

Irish War Of Independence

#OTD in 1921 – Two IRA Volunteers, the Coffey brothers, were assassinated in their beds by unknown gunmen in Enniskeane, Cork.

Volunteers James and Timothy Coffey were from Breaghna, Enniskeane, Co Cork, the eldest boys in the family of eight of farming parents James and Margaret Coffey. 260 more words

Irish History

Ballinderreen, Galway - The burning of Tyrone house 1920

Tyrone house was built in the 1770s for Christopher St.George, a large landowner in Galway. The house was built on the brow of a hill making it particularly inposing. 541 more words

Historic Event

#OTD in 1920 – Shooting of Prisoners Escaping During the War of Independence.

By late 1920, the rules of war had broken down on both sides as the increasingly vicious Irish War of Independence gained momentum. Both sides were guilty of atrocities some of which did provoke public comments. 389 more words

Irish History

The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Irish Republican And Free State Political Debate

This clip from the fantastic Ken Loach movie, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, highlights the debates and arguments that took place towards the end of the Tan War in Ireland in 1921. 209 more words