Ireland officially leaves the British Commonwealth 1949

#OnThisDay 1949 At midnight the 26 counties of Ireland officially leave the British Commonwealth and became a republic on the 18th. Crowds packed on to O’Connell Street bridge to see a 21 gun salute. It was 3 minutes late due to the massive crowds. The six counties remained part of the UK.

For more, read here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/from-the-archives-april-18th-1949-1.2178260

Ireland 1949

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