'Frightfulness': Ireland, 1919-22
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Shortly before 6 p.m. on 8 July 1921, Major-General Sir Nevil Macready, General Ofﬁcer-in-Chief Commanding British Forces in Ireland, paid a visit which he could not have possibly anticipated when he took up his post ﬁfteen months before. Nor could he have imagined the conditions under which he would make it. Eamon de Valera, President of the Irish Republic and de jure fugitive, had made the Dublin Mansion House his headquarters. Passing through cheering crowds, Macready was effusively greeted by Larry O’Neill, Dublin’s irrepressible Lord Mayor.1 The purpose of the visit was to conclude truce terms with the IRA’s representatives.2 The men with whom he sat down – Robert Barton and Eamon Duggan – had been specially released from custody a few days previously. Agreement was reached the following afternoon, and on 11 July 1921, a ceaseﬁre and stand-off commenced: the Anglo-Irish war came to a stop.3 No one was certain how long the Truce would last, but peace hopes were high, and many recognised that in this agreement between Irish rebels and the British government a wholly new stage had been reached in relations between the two countries.