One hundred years ago the newly declared Irish Republic was in the midst of a guerrilla war against England, the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Black and Tans and the Auxiliary. The result of this war in 1921 was the “temporary” division of Ireland into Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. We won’t try to retell of all the battles and assassinations but to put this event into context. How did this event come about and why did it produce the next great event in Irish history – The Irish Civil War? In this series, we’re trying to discuss everything that happened in Ireland 100 years ago. A few years ago we looked at the 1916 Easter Rebellion. Next year we’ll look at the Irish Civil War. Some of the important names we’ll hear are Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Winston Churchill and Lloyd George.