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I The relation of the Irish farmer to his soil has been one of contradiction and violence. The Land War (Cogadh na Talú n) in the late 1800s and early 1900s took a successful turn for the farmers in the end, but the problems of rural Ireland were far from being solved. At the time when the first peasant plays were written, the fight for the possession of the land by the farmers was over and they began to pay off their purchased land in annual rates. Nevertheless, in great parts of the Irishdoi:10.14354/yjk.2010.33.191 fatcat:mp4knedyifh6foegfw235x7sbi