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In decade of centenaries, we should hold on to the sense of those hopeful early days

Dr Anne Dolan


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Michael Collins, Kevin O’Higgins and WT Cosgrave leaving Dublin Castle, January 16, 1922. Photo: Cashman Collection, National Library of Ireland

Michael Collins, Kevin O’Higgins and WT Cosgrave leaving Dublin Castle, January 16, 1922. Photo: Cashman Collection, National Library of Ireland

Dr Anne Dolan

Dr Anne Dolan

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Michael Collins, Kevin O’Higgins and WT Cosgrave leaving Dublin Castle, January 16, 1922. Photo: Cashman Collection, National Library of Ireland

Before Judge Johnston heard the first case of the day at the Clones Quarter Sessions on January 18, 1922, he announced: “I cannot let the occasion pass without making some reference to it.”

For Judge Johnston, the events of previous days marked the beginning of a new era. “We rejoice with all our hearts that peace and order dwell once more amongst us, and that the night of darkness has passed. I am absolutely convinced that a great future is in store for our beloved land,” he said.


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