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21 January 1919


The first meeting of the revolutionary parliament of the Irish Republic occurs at Mansion House, Dublin. Known as ‘Dáil Éireann’, the parliament’s members belong to Sinn Féin and declare Irish independence from Britain. The first military engagement of the resulting conflict occurs on the same day at the Soloheadbeg Ambush.


The first engagement of the war sees the Irish Volunteers attacking RIC officers. The policemen are escorting a consignment of gelignite, which is seized by

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