“Suffering Does Not Stop When the Shooting Does”: The Civil War, 1922–1923
This chapter argues that during the Civil War rather than casting aspersions on perceived imperial servants like Great War veterans, the two wings of Sinn Féin fought among themselves over the meaning of Ireland’s relationship with the Empire. No attempts at large-scale commemoration were made, yet little vitriol was launched either from the government or within the popular sphere at the war or its combatants. Some called for the reunification of Irish society via Great War commemoration. This hope for unity through the Great War gained support in 1924. This unofficial détente lasted only for the Civil War and allowed some ability for veterans to negotiate the meaning of the war experience.