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The British withdraw, the Irish Free State Army takes over

The British Army in Ireland withdrew their forces in Ireland throughout 1922. The last garrison left on 6th December, when the Irish Free State was officially established. As the British troops left military barracks around the country, the Irish Free State Army marched in to formally take possession.

HE:1995.3: Irish Free State Army cap of General Richard Mulcahy, who took the handover of the Royal (Collins) Barracks from the British Army.

HE:EW.2615: Key to Custume Military Barracks (Athlone), kept as a souvenir by a British officer stationed there, 1922.                

Anti-Treaty leaflet.


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