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The Hard Road from War to Peace
(The Irish Civil War Part 4)

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It’s often said it’s easier to start wars than end them. This was certainly true of Irish society in the early 1920s. In May 1923, the conflict ended when the IRA chief of staff ordered volunteers to dump arms. 

However establishing a lasting peace was an extremely difficult process.  World War I, the War of Independence and then the Civil War had seen violence normalised in Irish society. The civil war in particular left extremely bitter divisions. Many could scarcely remember life before 1914, the last time island had truly known peace. 

In this podcast I am joined by Dr Brian Hanley to explore the turbulent aftermath of the Irish Civil War. The war may have ended but violence did not end... 

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