The Men and Women of the Anglo-Irish Treaty Delegations 1921
Edited by Fiona Murray and Eda Sagarra. In October 1921 a delegation of men and women, nominated by Dáil Éireann, left Dublin to travel to London. Their mission: to meet the representatives of Great Britain and try to negotiate a peace treaty which would put an end to centuries of conflict in Ireland. This commemorative volume, carefully researched and handsomely illustrated, has been written and edited by descendants of the Irish delegation. The book focuses not on the politics of that historic encounter but on the people themselves – the delegates, advisers, clerical and household staff, chaperones, bodyguards, and messengers. Combining personal and national history, it reveals the courage, public service, and complex allegiances of those who contributed to the negotiations.
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Anthony Cotter –
It is a vital part of the historiography of this period.
Anthony Cotter –
The Anglo-Irish Treaty, referred to as ‘The Treaty’ in Ireland and the protracted negotiations which led to its signing between the two countries on 6 December 1921 in London, brought to an end centuries of conflict between the two countries, and the creation of the Irish Free State, now called Ireland.
This publication outlines in readily understandable language, the resilience of the Irish Delegation, their unexpected negotiation skills, and their persistence in getting the most attainable conditions possible from the most formidable negotiation team assembled and led by the British Prime Minister Lloyd George.
The book gives an excellent profile not only of the leaders of the Irish Delegation including Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, but of the full team without whom there would not have been such a solid outcome.
It is the most important publication of the centenary remembrance and should be displayed in all bookshops both large and small throughout the State.
70 people were involved in the Irish Delegation. This book is an essential part of the historiography of this important period.