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Datebook: December 6 – Anglo-Irish Treaty Signed 90 Years Ago

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The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in London on December 6, 1921. It was a treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and representatives of the secessionist Irish Republic that concluded the Irish War of Independence. It established the Irish Free State as a self-governing dominion within the British Empire and also provided Northern Ireland, which had been created by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, an option to opt out of the Irish Free State, which it exercised. The Irish Free State created by the Treaty came into force a year later by royal proclamation after its constitution had been enacted by the Provisional parliament of Southern Ireland and the British parliament. Though duly ratified, this document led to a rift between two major Irish nationalist parties: pro-treaty provisional government and anti-treaty Republican opposition, creating the Irish Civil War. Though the war was short-lived and eventually won by the pro-treaty side, it resulted in far more casualties than the War of Independence and left Ireland deeply embittered and politically divided.

It’s Tuesday, December 6

The Civil War Singers of Dover perform a Christmas Concert Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Sykes Museum on Cedar Street. It’s open to all with no admission fee.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Western Kentucky hosts a Meet and Greet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Purple Toad Winery in Paducah. It’s at 4275 Old US Highway 45. Meet Network volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors and supporters.

The Humane Society of Calloway County’s 3rd Online Fundraising Auction includes 75 items up for bid. See www.forthepets.org and follow a link to the auction to see the items including folk art whirligigs, a guitar, wall quilts and more. Bidding closes at 9 p.m. December 15.

Paintings by Phillip Powell and his daughter Lydia are on display at Beans To Blossoms Nursery and Garden Center 94 East of Murray Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5. Powell features paintings of the San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado as well as western Kentucky scenes.

Use wkms.org to communicate your events. Enjoy your day!

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