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Impact of Conflict

The Irish War of Independence was predominantly fought between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the British Forces. Learn here about each sides structure, tactics and intelligence networks.


Officer of the Royal Irish Constabulary
© IWM (Q 71732)

An IRA officer with a wound to the head.
© IWM (Q 107788)

British soldiers searching civilian passengers at Fermoy Station, February 1921. © IWM (Q 107776)


Remains of Waterfall Bridge after IRA action
© IWM (Q 107761)

Cyclists of the Royal Irish Cobnstabulary and 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, preparing for a joint patrol. © IWM (Q 71699)

Michael Collins