The political legacy of World war I and the Easter Rising in Longford

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Abstract

During the Irish War of Independence, between 1919 and 1921, Longford was one of the centres of the Irish Republican Army's guerrilla campaign against British rule in Ireland. The county's emergence as a centre of republican activity appears incongruous in light of its relatively peaceful history up to that point and in view of the fact that, outside of Dublin, its neighbouring Leinster counties were not particularly strongholds of IRA resistance. The explanation for Longford's role during the crucial years of the independence campaign is to be found in the political ransformation that occurred in the county in the crucial period of turmoil encompassing World War I and the Easter Rising.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLongford: History and Society
EditorsMartin Morris, Fergus O'Ferrall
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherGeography Publications
Pages625-634
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780906602584
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2010

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