The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty. Time period/cultural context. Set during the early weeks of the Irish civil war IRA (Irish Republican Army) vs the Irish Free State The civil war lasted for almost a year.
Time period/cultural context
The Irish Free State was the state established as a territory under the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
The Oath of Allegiance: “I... do solemnly swear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the Irish Free State as by law established, and that I will be faithful to His Majesty King George V, his heirs and successors by law in virtue of the common citizenship of Ireland with Great Britain and her adherence to and membership of the group of nations forming the British Commonwealth of nations.”
The battle of Dublin marks the official start of the civil war from 28 June to 5 July 1922.
He believed that the war led to the disunity of Irish society, which in the end cost the lives of thousands of Irish people(between 1000-4000).
Near the end of the war, a lot of executions took place. The Irish Free state began executions on the 17th of November, 1922 where 5 IRA men were shot by a firing squad.