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The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923'In the Heart of Enemy Lines'$
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Gerard Noonan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380260

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380260.001.0001

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The Civil War, June 1922–May 1923

The Civil War, June 1922–May 1923

(p.229) Chapter 5 The Civil War, June 1922–May 1923
The IRA in Britain, 1919-1923

Gerard Noonan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter deals mainly with activities of rival republican and Free State organizations in Britain, from the Volunteers to the ISDL, while the Irish civil war raged in Ireland. However, as a significant number of men and women from Britain travelled to Ireland to participate in the conflict, it also follows the course of events there. IRA organizational efforts, gunrunning and plans for violence against property are studied in detail. The author argues that while republicans in Britain played a role in keeping the IRA in Ireland in the field, organizational problems, declining membership and harassment by the British and Irish authorities meant that their contribution to the war effort was much smaller than during the war of independence.

Keywords:   Gunrunning, Irish Civil War, Irish Republican Army, Irish Self-Determination League of Great Britain, Violence

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