A family photograph of the McGing family in Glenmask, Tourmakeady, County Mayo. From top left: Mary Junior McGing, Julia McGing, Mary Senior McGing, Patrick McGing From bottom left: Austin McGing, John McGing, 1921. This photograph was taken after the death of their youngest daughter Kathleen, who died of pneumonia.
At the time this photograph was made Ireland was in the cusp of a brutal War of Independence that would last until a truce was called on 11th July, 1921. The post-ceasefire talks led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6th December 1921. This treaty ended British rule in most of Ireland and, after a ten-month transitional period overseen by a provisional government, the Irish Free State was created as a self-governing state with Dominion status on 6th December 1922. However, Northern Ireland remained within the United Kingdom. After the ceasefire, political and sectarian violence (between republicans and loyalists, and between Irish Catholics and Protestants) continued in Northern Ireland for many months.