The Irish Civil War

The Most Revolutionary Act

The Irish Civil War Episode 24

The Irish Identity

Produced by Marc Conner Washington and Lee University (2016)

Film Review

Prior to watching this series, I was totally unaware there had been a civil war in Ireland – between 1921-23 following Irish independence.

As Conner explains in this lecture Eaman de Valera (see IRA Leader Michael Collins: The Father of Modern Urban Warfare/) and most IRA officers rejected the 1921 Anglo Irish Treaty (approved by the the Irish National Assembly by 64-57 votes). They totally rejected provisions requiring them to swear fealty to King George V. As a result the IRA, the only law and order force in the Free State of Ireland split – with De Valera leading the so-called “Irregulars” and Michael Collins (the president of the Free State) the Free State Army.

When the Irregulars attacked and occupied four law courts in Dublin, Britain threatened to…

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