Thursday, December 06, 2007


This Day in the History of Success at Last

On this day in 1921, after nearly 8 centuries of unsuccessful rebellions, the Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of Ireland, was declared. The Brits were a little pre-occupied with other matters on the continent, when the Irish, starting on Easter, 1916, once again rebelled from British rule. But to be fair, the Irish Republican Army fought a very effective guerrilla campaign and the Brits were finally willing to get out of most of Ireland. Of course, this day is also the nominal start of the Irish Civil War, a focused, savage little conflict largely over who would govern the new free Ireland.


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