War of Independance and Treaty

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After the Rising people thought a Republic was worth fighting for. The War of Independence began in 1919.

 

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The IRA (Irish Republican Army) was founded in 1919 as a successor to the Irish Citizen Army. It had thousands of members across the country.

 

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The IRA used guerilla warfare such as ambush and ‘hit and run’ tactics.

 

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British soldiers from WWI called ‘Black and Tans’ were sent to fight the IRA.

 

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Michael Collins is seen here signing the Treaty in 1922 which led to Ireland becoming a Free State of 26 counties. Ireland became a Republic in 1948.

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