The attempts to secure independence for Ireland from 1916 onwards is perhaps best understood as a patchwork of local conflicts calibrated to the particular circumstances of each district. South County Dublin was affluent, often loyal and sometimes republican. Encompassing southern suburbs of the metropolis as well as outlying towns and villages, it provides a view into the conflict away from the classic centres that have often attracted most attention. “In writing the story of the 6th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA, James Brady has filled in another part of the history of the struggle for Irish independence.
The suffering of many Irish people was alleviated by the generosity of Americans during the early 1920s. Both the Irish in America and general public donated to various funds used to assist those who had lost loved ones or homes or businesses during the War of Independence.
G.B. Kenna was the pseudonym of Fr John Hassan and Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom 1920-1922 was his compilation of reports to the Provisional Irish government in Dublin on sectarian violence in Belfast during the Irish War of Independence, Truce period and the start of the Civil War. Originally published by O'Connell Publishers in 1922, only 18 copies were bound and distributed with the remainder seemingly withdrawn on the direction of Michael Collins just prior to Collins' death.
Using previously unpublished I.R.A. documents, memoirs, interviews and contemporary accounts, Belfast Battalion explores the rise and fall of political initiatives, the various military campaigns, fatalities, propaganda, prison experiences, punishments, the I.R.A.’s competitors (both political and military) and more.