Introduction

This site is an attempt to chronicle the events that took place in Ireland in the years 1919 to 1923.  These are the years of the War of Independence, the Truce period and the Civil War. A considerable amount of information has been brought together from a large number of (mostly secondary) sources.  The objective is to provide comprehensive overview of what transpired during this period. 

One of the main motivations behind the site was that, too often, in discussions of what happened during these years, particular events were viewed (and commented on) in isolation from the preceding events. Frequently, this lack of context has led to quite distorted views of what actually happened.  It is hoped that this chronology will enable those interested in this period of history to view what happened during these years in the ‘round’.   

Also, for the most part, the intention is not to comment on the events but rather let the sources speak for themselves. However, where it is seen as appropriate, comments will be made.  In addition, attention will be drawn to conflicts between different sources.

The latest updates have included information from a number of local histories (mainly from the Maynooth/DCU series of county histories of the 1912-1923 period published by Four Courts Press).  In addition, in-depth looks have been taken at a number of incidents including the killing of the two Loughnane brothers in south Galway (see November 26th 1920), the killing of RIC Constables Jones and Mugan in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim (see April 15th 1921) and the Ballyturin House ambush (see May 15th 1921). 

I would greatly welcome any comments you have on the site. In particular, I would like to hear about any additional information or alternative versions of the events described. If you have any comments, please e-mail them to me with references to your sources. I would also appreciate if you would inform me of any links that are not working.  My e-mail address is seamus.fox@irishhistory1919-1923chronology.ie

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