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Uncertain FuturesEssays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster$
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Senia Paseta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198748274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748274.001.0001

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The Strange Death of Loyalist Monaghan, 1912–1921

The Strange Death of Loyalist Monaghan, 1912–1921

(p.174) 14 The Strange Death of Loyalist Monaghan, 1912–1921
Uncertain Futures

Tim Wilson

Oxford University Press

Republican attempts to push back the border of Northern Ireland through armed struggle have been well studied. Loyalist attempts to push in the other direction have been entirely overlooked. Yet, in parts of Monaghan at least, armed loyalist resistance to the emergent shape of partition remained trenchant for far longer than has been recognized. In a Fosterian spirit of exploring the possible futures that did not happen, this chapter seeks to explore why this forgotten armed struggle flared in the spring of 1921 and then so abruptly ceased. By 1922, Monaghan ex-loyalists had become mere bystanders in the ‘border war’ that flared along the new frontier: a striking absence that demands explanation.

Keywords:   ‘border war’, ethnic conflict, intercommunal violence, loyalism, Monaghan, partition, Roslea/Rosslea, sectarian violence, Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)

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