The Easter Rising in 1916 was a precursor to the conflict that led to the separation of the Republic of Ireland from the United Kingdom in December 1921. The note below from the Clare Library archives:
Republicans interned in Mountjoy and Dundalk Prisons in 1917 signed this autograph book.
The prisoners were arrested under the Defence of the Realms Act under which a person could be imprisoned for flying a tricolour or drilling in a military manner. It contains the names of Republicans from Clare and elsewhere.
This entry was made by Peadar O Lochlainn, 6th Battalion, Clare Brigade, IRA, dated 20/1917. He was serving a two-year sentence with nine months remitted.
Next year is the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, when similar archival material will come to the surface.
Thanks to the Clare Library. Ref: 2005.185.11