In the early 20th century the independance movement had become popular among the public, this tension between the Irish and the British was going to quelled with the
promise of parliment in Dublin instead of London, however these plans where stalled with the outbreak of the first world war, Britain was too preoccupied in France so care about
Irish parliment, this lead to great frustration among the Irish especially more radical politicians,
This crystalized in the 1916 Easter risings which where planned to be across the island but last minute was reduced to exclusivley Dublin, the rebelion took key points in the city
slowing the Britsh response by destroying infastructure and communication along the way, while at the top of the stairs at the GPO the proclamation was read out to the crowd,
The rebelion was violent and lead to countless deaths and the rebel leader where initially seen as violent and cruel, but following their arrests and deaths they where instead seen as
martyrs and became heros in the independance movement
Following the end of the rebelion and the end of the first world war the Britsih clamped down on the Irish introducing the black and tans, a brutal police force who where ordered to terrorise
the Irish, during the after period of the war the IRA, formerly the IRB, had begun their guerilla warfare across the country for a second fight for independance
As part of a counter attack for a strike performed by the IRA that morning, a group of black and tans entered Croke park during an all Ireland final, the men began to open fire on the civillians
which lead to many deaths and injuries.
This brutal guerilla fighting would continue until independance in 1921.
IN the inter-war-period of the 1920s and 30s, Ireland began to establish itself as an
independant European nation, in the second world war Ireland maintained neutrality but allowed Britain and the Allies to use certain air space and Irish waters
In the later half of the century Ireland became known as the sick man of Europe, a struggling economy and poverty
led to this reputation.
From the 1960s to the late 80s Ireland and Northern Ireland experienced and irregular conflict known as the Troubles,
during this uneasy period many Irish and British, civillian or not died in the North under acts of terrorism.
This would lead to the good friday agreement, possibly the most important treaty in recent Irish history.
This treaty led to the end of violence in the north.
During the 80s Ireland experienced a deep economic recession which led many to loose their jobs and to leave to go to Britain or America.
However following the end of this recession would come a time of prosperity in the Irish economy in the late 90s and early 2000s.