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     Following the Easter rising in 1916 there was a civil war until 1921 when the southern part of the island was granted dominion status with Britain as the Irish Free State. Six northern counties continued to be united with Britain as Ulster. The first stamps issued by the Free State included a map stamp showing the island of Ireland under the word "Eire," which in Gaelic means "Ireland, one and undivided." The government of the Free State denied any political motivation, and said it only intended to show the whole of the island of Ireland.

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