War of Independence veterans take part in ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the truce of 1921.

Ceremonies take place in Dublin to mark 50 years since the truce which marked a new beginning in Anglo Irish relations. The Anglo-Irish Truce came into effect on 11 July 1921 ending centuries of conflict with Britain and the beginning of Irish independence.

An Taoiseach Jack Lynch and President Éamon de Valera were at Dublin Castle for a church service to commemorate the golden jubilee of the Anglo-Irish Truce. Members of the Old IRA and veterans and survivors of the War of Independence formed a guard of honour. The mass took place in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity and was offered up for those who died during the fighting in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence.

Following a church service at Dublin Castle, the commemorations continued at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square where the President addressed the crowd.

As the ceremonies took place, a protest outside the Garden of Remembrance campaigned for the release of political prisoners.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 July 1971. The footage shown here is mute.