Irish Civil War

Irish History Today From The Civil War To The iPhone

Ireland as a modern state is very very young and it is quite easy to forget that, especially in the last 20 years we the country has really started to boom. I think it is fair to say we have come a long way. The 1916 rebellion is pretty self explanatory in that it was in 1916 and here we are in 2018 and how so much has changed. I suppose this is fair to say of any country considering the technology boom and to think that even 20 years ago we did not have popular items such as the iPhone or personal computers.

To think that less than 100 years ago the country was in a state of civil war with the anti treat IRA opposing the new government forces to which the stand off at the four courts in Dublin city was the center focus. The British famously loaned the new Irish government two 18 pounder artillery pieces which the government eventually had to use on the anti treat IRA as they refused to surrender.

Thankfully the civil war was not as bloody as many other ones that have happened since then around the world and it was really just a few small battles as neither side wanted to be killing their countrymen after being at war with the British for so long…our old enemy!

Today the country is again booming after an 8 year long recession that was world wide. There will always be periods of boom and recession and the smarter of us will make arrangements for the depressions during the boom times. The so called Celtic Tiger thought us that we should not get carried away during the good times and I think that is a lesson many have take on board. Now our country is a tech hub with Apple moving more and more jobs here and small companies sell iPhones for sale in Ireland something that would not have been possible 20 years ago.

Internationals in the Irish Civil War

A part of Scottish life for 200 years, Scotland’s Irish community has also been part of the global Irish diaspora during that time. As such it has played a role in the transnational movements associated with the campaigns for various forms of Irish independence. This was vividly illustrated during the 1916 Rising when Volunteers travelled from the west of Scotland to join the rebellion.

This article is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916.

What follows below is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916, through the guerrilla campaign by the Irish Republican Army [IRA] against the British from 1919-21 and during the Irish Civil War that followed the split in the IRA over the Treaty with the British government.[2]

These sixteen are a small proportion of the roughly 250 Irish Volunteers in Scotland in 1916. This latter figure rose to around 2,500 by the time of Truce between the Republicans and the British in 1921.[3] According to Gerard Noonan roughly 250 members of the Scottish Brigade of the IRA fought in the Irish Civil War on the pro-Treaty side and five died. While roughly 50 fought on the Republican side.[4]

Of course, these figures are dwarfed by the numbers who fought in the Great War. Elaine Mac Farland states that 30,000 Glaswegian Catholics were in the British armed forces in 1916.[5] While GĂ©raldine Vaughan quotes a figure of 15,000 Irish Catholics from Scotland for 1915, that is before conscription had been introduced.[6]

Given that around a fifth of these men had joined Irish Regiments, and that these regiments were heavily involved in British efforts to supress the Rising, it is possible that there were more Glaswegian Catholics voluntarily fighting for the British than against them in Dublin in 1916. Stephen Coyle lists three Crown Forces fatalities of the fighting with Glasgow addresses.[7]