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Irelands Fate Decided in the Highlands

The Irish Independence Film Collection
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1 min 4 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

In this newsreel from 1921, Prime Minster David Lloyd George meets Irish Viceroy, General Macready and Sir Hamar Greenwood at Brahan  Castle, in Easter Ross, Highlands Scotland.

Lloyd George presided over the Government of Ireland Act 1920 which partitioned Ireland into Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland in May 1921 during the Anglo-Irish War. Lloyd George famously declared of the Irish Republican Army that “We have murder by the throat!” However, soon afterwards he began negotiations with IRA leaders to recognise their authority and to end a bloody conflict. This culminated in the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed in December 1921 with Irish leaders Under it, Southern Ireland, representing over a fifth of the United Kingdom’s territory, seceded in 1922 to form the Irish Free State.