Edition 219 of Century Ireland with all the news from 100 years ago.

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Anglo-Ireland Treaty signed in London
London, 7 December 1921
Nearly five months after a truce brought an end to the Anglo-Irish war, and three months since the commencement of peace talks, negotiators representing the British government and Dáil Éireann have reached a historic agreement.

The signatures on the treaty Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 10 December 1921
The signatures on the treaty
Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 10 December 1921

De Valera says treaty in 'violent conflict' with Irish people’s wishes
Dublin, 8 December 1921
In a major blow to hopes that the Anglo-Irish Treaty will secure support from Dáil Éireann, Sinn Féin President Éamon de Valera has issued a fierce denunciation of its terms.

Éamon de Valera in Clare during his tour of the west of Ireland. Photo: Illustrated London News, 17 December 1921
Éamon de Valera in Clare during his tour of the west of Ireland.
Photo: Illustrated London News, 17 December 1921

Dáil debate on treaty moved to Earlsfort Terrace as Catholic hierarchy backs agreement
Dublin, 14 December 1921
Dáil Éireann will convene today to begin debating the treaty recently signed between Britain and Ireland.

Arthur Griffith (L), head of the team of plenipotentiaries who negotiated and signed the treaty, and Éamon de Valera (R), Sinn Féin President and one of the treaty's chief opponents Photo: RTÉ Archives 0511/016
Arthur Griffith (L), head of the team of plenipotentiaries who negotiated and signed the treaty, and Éamon de Valera (R), Sinn Féin President and one of the treaty's chief opponents
Photo: RTÉ Archives 0511/016

Jails thrown open as thousands of internees released after treaty
Portlaoise, 12 December 1921
The release of thousands of internees from jails in Ireland and Britain has begun. It follows the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in London last week.

Released prisoners from Maryborough internment camp celebrating while standing on an engine. Photo: Illustrated London News, 17 December 1921
Released prisoners from Maryborough internment camp celebrating while standing on an engine.
Photo: Illustrated London News, 17 December 1921

Sir James Craig travels to London to discuss treaty
London, 14 December 1921
Sir James Craig, the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, travelled to London on 8 December to meet with the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, in order to discuss a number of aspects of the recent deal struck between the British government and Dáil Éireann.

Omagh in Tyrone, one of the counties along the border expected to be changed by the Boundary Commission Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 23 December 1921
Omagh in Tyrone, one of the counties along the border expected to be changed by the Boundary Commission
Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 23 December 1921

World reacts to news of treaty as a ‘sign of better and happier times to come’
London, 8 December 1921
The Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in London in the early hours of the morning of 6 December, has been making headlines across the world.

Irish signatories of the treaty in Holyhead surrounded by well-wishers Photo: RTÉ Archives 0506/059
Irish signatories of the treaty in Holyhead surrounded by well-wishers
Photo: RTÉ Archives 0506/059

Dublin Corporation to discuss to changing street and bridge names
Dublin, 1 December 1921
Dublin looks like it might be set to abandon many of its established street and bridge names. The decision will fall to the members of Dublin Corporation next week.

O'Connell Bridge in Dublin City Photo: National Library of Ireland
O'Connell Bridge in Dublin City
Photo: National Library of Ireland

Britain says it is vital for world that it retains control of Hong Kong
Washington, 5 December 1921
It is vital for world trade that Britain retains control of Hong Kong, Arthur Balfour has told the Washington Naval Conference on disarmament this week.

Hong Kong harbour circa 1915. Photo: Library of Congress
Hong Kong harbour circa 1915.
Photo: Library of Congress

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