Irish rebellion against the autocracy of English dominion rule, against the will of the people, goes back to the 16th century. The most notable instances of insurrection in retaliation to British rule is the 1916 known as the Easter Rising. This somewhat failed attempt to oust the English became a consolidated movement – The Irish War of Independence – lasting until 1921. The establishment of the IRA essentially began during the World War II years and effectively disrupted many civic and civilian lives from 1942 forward, including ‘The Northern Campaign,’ ‘The Border Campaigns’ and The Troubles.’ A nationalist, united Irish republic, separate and regardless of British rule, has been a persistent yet elusive goal of many Irish citizens. It goes on still, though the incidence of guerilla attacks have diminished dramatically.
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