The Irish Republican Army Descriptive Essay by Ernest

The Irish Republican Army
Looks at the violent history of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) as an example of humanity's barbaric killings.
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This paper explains that, despite unlikely odds, devastating difficulty and political misfortune, the Irish Republican Army has and continues to fight both violently and non-violently in an attempt to gain Northern Ireland's independence from Britain and to form a united Ireland. Next, the paper relates the history of the IRA, which was established by Michael Collins following the failure of the Easter Rebellion of 1916. The paper underscores that the IRA, in their attempt through terrorism to eventual achievement full political, social, economic and cultural freedom for all of Ireland, continues to this day as a reminder of an endless bloody fight that has taken so many lives. Sources are listed as end notes and not in a bibliography.

From the Paper:

"Eventually, the civil war died out, though the split amongst countrymen never left Ireland. In 1969 and 1970, the IRA split over strategy disagreements, and the provisional IRA was formed. True to the radicals that preceded them, they continued to seek effect through bombings and shootings. One of the most sad and memorable days in Irish history was January 30, 1972. In Derry, protesters were met by British forces who were aiming to stop the protest."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Columbia University Press. "Michael Collins." (11 February 2009).
  • Neville, Peter. ""The origins & development of Irish Republicanism: Peter Neville surveys the growth of republicanism in Ireland up to the present day. (The Unpredictable Past)." ." JSTOR Database. Academic OneFile. (11 February 2009).
  • Bew, Paul. "Moderate Nationalism and the Irish Revolution, 1916-1923." The Historical Journal 42 no. 3 (1999): 729.
  • O'Ballance, Edgar. Terror in Ireland: the Heritage of Hate. Novato, Cal.: Presidio Press, 1981.
  • Mulcahy, Aogan. Claims-Making and the Construction of Legitimacy: Press Coverage of the 1981 Northern Irish Hunger Strike, Social Problems (c) 1995 University of California Press.

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