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Quiz: Test your knowledge of the Irish War of Independence

The government has said we are entering the “most challenging and sensitive period” of marking the centenary of past events.

THIS YEAR MARKS the centenary of a number of key events in the Irish War of Independence, with the government yet to announce many events that will mark the 100-year milestones of crucial points in Irish history.

Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan recently said in response to a Dáil question that we are now entering “the most challenging and sensitive phase” in terms of how we mark events that shaped the foundation of the Irish State a century ago. 

With that in mind, let’s have a look and test your knowledge of what happened during the Irish War of Independence, which was still ongoing 100 years ago today.

Which event is regarded as the beginning of the War of Independence?
Bloody Sunday in Croke Park
Soloheadbeg Ambush

The Burning of Cork
Dromkeen Ambush
The inquest into the shooting dead of Cork Lord Mayor Tomás Mac Curtain returned a verdict of "wilful murder" against... whom?
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James Craig
King George V

David Lloyd George
Herbert Asquith
Michael Collins was a key figure within the IRA at this time, but what position did he hold in the newly-created Irish government?
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President of Dáil Éireann
Secretary for Defence

Secretary for Home Affairs
Secretary for Finance
How did the Black and Tans get their name?
Media reports describing their "black" hearts
It was the slang term for a British army regiment in the First World War

British soldiers had bragged they'd come home from Ireland with great tans
The colour of their uniforms
As violence escalated, when did Eamon de Valera declare that Ireland was in a "state of war" with Britain?
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December 1919
July 1920

November 1920
March 1921
What landmark did the IRA burn on 25 May 1921?
The Custom House
The Four Courts

Leinster House
Farmleigh
How many of the 128 seats did Sinn Féin win in the Parliament of Southern Ireland elections held in May 1921?
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100
115

124
All of them
Where did the Battle of Ballinalee take place in October 1920?
Mayo
Westmeath

Cork
Longford
In which province did the British first declare martial law during the conflict?
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Leinster
Munster

Connacht
Ulster
When was the truce agreed that ended hostilities in the War of Independence?
1 June 1921
11 July 1921

1 October 1921
25 December 1921
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