John McCullagh February 21, 2005
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My grandfather was present at the great Aeridheacht cultural festival in Cullyhanna on Sunday 6 June 1920.  It was an occasion of local rejoicing and celebration and a welcome relief from the stresses of the fraught political situation in the country.

 

 

 
 
It was a momentous time for the world reeling after the slaughter of the Great War, and for Ireland, with its own War of Independence drawing to a bloody close.  The general election here had returned a great majority of Sinn Fein representatives and elected bodies all over the country, including areas earmarked in that year’s Better Government of Ireland Act for inclusion in Northern Ireland. 

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