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  • Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Jun 19, 1920

    Irish War of Independence

    First cycle of attacks

    Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Jun 19, 1920

    The first cycle of attacks and reprisals broke out in the summer of 1920. On 19 June a week of inter-sectarian rioting and sniping started in Derry, resulting in 18 deaths.




  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Wednesday Jul 21, 1920

    Irish War of Independence

    Loyalists marched on the Harland and Wolff shipyards

    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Wednesday Jul 21, 1920

    On 21 July 1920, partly in response to the killing of Smyth and partly because of competition over jobs due to the high unemployment rate, loyalists marched on the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast and forced over 7,000 Catholic and left-wing Protestant workers from their jobs. Sectarian rioting broke out in response in Belfast and Derry, resulting in about 40 deaths and many Catholics and Protestants being expelled from their homes.




  • Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Sunday Aug 22, 1920

    Irish War of Independence

    RIC Detective Swanzy was shot dead by Cork IRA men

    Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
    Sunday Aug 22, 1920

    On 22 August 1920, RIC Detective Swanzy was shot dead by Cork IRA men while leaving a church in Lisburn, County Antrim. Swanzy had been blamed by an inquest jury for the killing of Cork Mayor Tomás Mac Curtain.




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