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#OnThisDate 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. 447 more words

Irish History

#OnThisDate 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. 795 more words

Irish History

#OnThisDay 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. 502 more words

Irish History

#OnThisDay in 1921 – The IRA ambush a convoy of RIC and Black and Tans near Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

George Lennon had begun fighting Crown forces at age fifteen, was twice imprisoned, and fought on the Republican side in the Civil War and commanded his own Flying Column in Waterford. 271 more words

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The 'big fellah' lived in London for nearly a third of his life

Michael Collins, revolutionary, born 1890 in Sam’s Cross near Clonakility Co Cork. He left there in 1906 to work in London where he lived and worked for nearly a third of his life. 81 more words

1921 – Two IRA volunteers, the Coffey brothers, are executed in their beds.

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

War of Independence

Many people regard the abortive 1916 Rising as the start of the War of Independence. In West Tipperary and East Limerick, however, the ambush at Soloheadbeg on 21st.January 1919 is regarded by most people as the real start of the War. 79 more words

War Of Independence