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. It is intended to bring together information from a large number of (mostly secondary) sources and, as the information builds up, to provide comprehensive overview of what transpired during this period. 

One of the main motivations behind the site was that I felt that too often, in discussions of what happened during these years, particular events were viewed (and commented on) in isolation from the preceding events and were therefore taken out of context. Frequently, this lack of context led to quite distorted narratives on particular events.

Also, in so far as is possible, the intention is not to comment on the events but rather let the sources speak for themselves. However, attention will be drawn to anywhere there are conflicts between different sources.

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/interpretations of the events described. If you have any comments, please e-mail them to me with references to your sources. My e-mail address is seamus.fox@irishhistory1919-1923chronology

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