Today’s IRELAND marks 100 years since the British handed over Dublin Castle in a ceremony attended by Irish and UK dignitaries.
The transfer of power in Dublin Castle, the seat of British power in Ireland for many centuries, was founded after the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in 1921.
The de facto handover of power to the Provisional Government of Ireland 100 years ago was a lowly, hasty affair and was the culmination of years of war and revolution in Ireland.
It also came after the division of the island and the formation of Northern Ireland in 1921.
Presidents Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Michael Martin, as well as Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Fein, were also among those in attendance.
President Higgins, who unveiled a plaque to mark the event, was greeted by a Self-Defense Force honor guard upon his arrival.
Taoiseach Michael Martin “As we honor the achievements of the revolutionary generation, we do so with pride that the state they helped create is entering the second century of independent government,” said. , democracy.”
The event, held at the same time as the events of 100 years ago, was also attended by the UK Ambassador to Ireland Paul Johnston.
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