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https://stairnaheireann.net/2016/02/22/1922-michael-collins-secretly-authorised-the-formation-of-a-specially-paid-unit-of-70-ira-volunteers-known-as-the-belfast-city-guard-to-protect-districts-from-loyalist-attack-it-opera/
1922 – Michael Collins secretly authorised the formation of a specially-paid unit of 70 IRA volunteers, known as the 'Belfast City Guard', to protect districts from loyalist attack. It operated until August 1922