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December 6,

Today in Irish History: Anglo Irish Treaty Signed. Michael Collins Signs His “Death Warrant.”

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1921: In the early hours of the morning, the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland was signed in London. It brought to an end the Irish War of Independence, though tragically led to the Irish Civil War. The treaty allowed for the twenty-six counties of Ireland to have autonomy from Britain while remaining in the British Empire. Northern Ireland, which had been created by the 1920 Government of Ireland Act had the option to opt out of the new Irish Free State, an option it duly exercised.

Michael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

Michael Collins image in For the Love of Being Irish

Collins wrote later that day a terribly prophetic statement:

“When you have sweated, toiled, had mad dreams, hopeless nightmares, you find yourself in London’s streets, cold and dank in the night air. Think—what have I got for Ireland? Something which she has wanted these past seven hundred years. Will anyone be satisfied at the bargain? Will anyone? I tell you this; early this morning I 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.”

SEE: Pathe News Film of Treaty Negotiators


1922: Irish Free State is established as a Dominion of the British Empire, one year after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. For one day, it encompassed ALL of Ireland. On December 7th, Northern Ireland opted out and remained part of the United Kingdom.

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