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    Centenary of Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army

    Centenary of Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army

    One hundred years ago this week, on 19 November 1913, the Irish Citizen Army was launched to defend locked out workers in clashes with the police.  A week later, on the 25th of November, another military organisation, the Irish Volunteers was formed to safeguard the granting of Home Rule. The Ulster Volunteers had been formed the previous January to oppose it. The Irish Volunteers and the Citizen Army went on to take part in the Easter Rising and the War of Independence.   But one hundred years on, what questions need to be asked about commemorating the place of private armies in ...
    The legacy of Eoin MacNeill

    The legacy of Eoin MacNeill

    Although he's not as well-known as Collins or de Valera, the academic and politician Eoin MacNeill played an important role during the Irish Revolutionary period. A brilliant historian and scholar, he worked alongside many of the more celebrated leaders of Irish nationalism.    Next Saturday marks the centenary of MacNeill’s seminal article “The North Began”, which signified an important turning point in the struggle for Irish independence.  Lorcan Clancy looked back at MacNeill’s early life, and how he came to write “The North Began”.   Such was the strength of McNeill’s article that the Irish Volunteers were formed a few ...


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