The War of Independence in The North September 2, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
I’ve been reading a lot of material about the 1916 rising and then found myself reading a biography of Joe Cahill. What astonished me was even from reading the Cahill book was my ignorance of events in the North from 1916 onward to the troubles. It was as if it had been written out of History, that the War of Independence stopped at what is now the border. The major moments of the War of Independence in Belfast, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry never seemed to get much, if any mentions in the History books in school and wider History. It was Dev, Dan Breen, Michael Collins and others who became associated with the war and the impression that all that happened in the North was that they were anti Home Rule, went off to the Somme and then Partition came and everything was grand for the ruling Unionist class there until the Civil Rights marches and 1969.
I can only presume this History was due to a certain guilt over Partition and later a need to separate the IRA of the Troubles from the IRA of the War of Independence. Yet Partition must have caused an awful guilt for the likes of Frank Aiken who had commanded rebels in Armagh. Am I wrong about the ignoring of the North or was I missing those days in School?