CaptionMany refused to accept the 'Black and Tan' medal awarded to veterans of the War of Independence (1919-1921) against the British, as it represented acceptance of the result - an Ireland divided into independent and British-ruled territories. In 1916, leaders of the Easter Rising against British domination were executed by firing squad in the yard of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland. The event catalyzed thousands of young men and women to take up arms and fight for Irish independence. Today, surviving veterans of the original Irish Republican Army number among the world's oldest revolutionaries. Most pride themselves that theirs was a military battle, fought against soldiers and not civilians.