1921 – The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed, ending the War of Independence.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

“Think, what have I got for Ireland? Something she has wanted these past 700 years. Will anyone be satisfied at the bargain? Will anyone? I tell you this, I have signed my death warrant. I thought at the time how odd, how ridiculous —a bullet may just as well have done the job five years ago.” –Michael Collins

The Treaty brought an end to 700 years of British rule in 26 counties but opened a new and sad chapter in Ireland’s history – civil war and the battle for the remaining six in Northern Ireland. Collins of course said famously on signing ‘I tell you, I have signed my death warrant’. Despite the threat to his life Collin’s believed the Treaty would act as a stepping stone towards a united Ireland. What followed was his assassination, decades of violence and partition of the Island to this day.

Collins was off…

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