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# irish free state

Last year
Analysis: Let's hear it for Ireland's success on our 100th birthday - we’ve come a long way
On the centenary of the formation of the Irish State, author Mark Henry says Ireland is one of the very best countries in which to live today.
All time
# An Post
Artists' competition to create 2022 Free State centenary stamp
Artworks submitted for the €10,000 commission will be judged by an expert panel.
History: As our election looms, spare a thought for the women of 1920
Women stood for election for the first time in 1920, in considerable numbers, writes Dr Margaret Ward.
# common travel area
Travel Identity cards and Free State passports: how Irish people travelled to the UK before free movement
The two countries have enjoyed free movement between them since 1952.
# sentenced to death
'Why had no one written about them?': 21 gardaí killed during Irish Free State have their stories told
Their deaths are explored in a new book by Colm Wallace.
# State Papers
1982: The term 'Irish Free State' deemed 'inappropriate' by An Taoiseach
The rebuttal was in response to a letter from England which suggested that the ‘Irish Free State’ should be renamed the ‘Irish Secular Free State’.
# review 2012
First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012
The Titanic disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty: 2012 has been a big year for commemorations. Here’s your guide to the bigger commemorations held this year.
# James Larkin
1923 docs reveal Britain's fears over James Larkin's return to Ireland
Newly released documents from foundation of State show that Britain felt that “agitator” Larkin’s return would be “undesirable”.
# Michael Collins
First military census shows pressures faced by 1922 army
Head of the new National Army Michael Collins faced serious administrative challenges as new force took over British barracks.
# Irony
'Secret' Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921 now online
Today, the buzzwords are financial sovereignty. Exactly 90 years ago today, this treaty led to bitter war over Irish sovereignty.
Column: In Ireland, we got the bankers we deserved
Banks and property developers held the reins as the country galloped into economic crisis – and all because we put them in the saddle, writes historian Conor McCabe.