In honour of the 25th entry in this series, I figured I’d give it its own index page. Enjoy.
The earliest recorded wars on the island were probably myths, but even myths can have a kernal of truth.
Ireland’s “Return of the King”, but more interesting for the implication of Roman involvement.
The Gaelic Kingdom set up in Scotland, one of the only times such a foreign adventure occured.
The initial Norse incursions in Ireland, from 795 to 902 AD.
The period of settled Norse lands in Ireland, from 914to 980 AD.
The life and times of one of Ireland’s most legendary figures.
The origins of one the country’s great cities and why it drew so much military attention.
The initial Anglo-Norman incursions and why they happened.
The Normans cement their position, though war and marraige.
Norman intrigue spreads to Ireland.
The natives and the invaders, unable to beat the other.
The wars of northern Brtain spread to Ireland.
The Irish repulsed in Galway.
The Scots are defeated, though the price is high.
The Irish strike back, as the Normans retreat.
The Anglo-Norman lands in Ulster and the west are lost.
What could not be done in war, they tried to do with law.
The King of England comes to Ireland.
19. How Art MacMurragh Brought Down The English Monarchy
The King of Leinster shakes the foundations of England.
A new family and a new approach.
21. The Rise Of York
Ireland as a staging area for the White Rose.
The Wars of the Roses comes to Ireland.
The peasent pretender and the Irish noble behind him.
The provinces clash in Galway.
The Tudors start taking more of an interest.
The risky attack that saved Tyrconnell.
A final countdown to a bloody end.
The bloody end with a well dressed leader.
The decider for Silken Thomas.
The last gasp of the old way of things.
The failed settlement in Laois and Offaly.
Tyrone against the world.
One of the last private battles in Ireland.
Enemies on all sides does not tend to lead to good places.
James Fitzmaurice leads Desmond against Henry Sidney.
War in the Tudor frontier.
The return (and demise) of James Fitzmaurice.
The fall of one of the Desmond’s key defensive points.
The O’Byrne’s inflict a total defeat on the English.
A massacre in Kerry and a final defeat.
A war provoked and ended.
The end of the periods great fleet.
The beginning of the islands most destructive conflict.
Tyrone jumps in on the side of Tyrconnell.
The Nine Years War ebbs and flows for both sides.
England’s worst defeat thus far.
The Nine Years War spreads south.
Another English failure.
Conyers Clifford defeated.
The turning point for the English.
A bizarre battle.
The road to Kinsale.
The critical battle of the Nine Years War.
A vicious crossing of Ireland.
This is the end.
The Nine Years War finishes.
What it says on the tin.
One big success, then nothing but failure.
61. Mountjoy’s Peace
Thirty years of it.
Islam comes to Ireland.
The peace ends.
The storm breaks.
Success and failure outside Drogheda.
Things get worse for the Confederates.
The war in Munster.
Another Irish defeat.
69. The War In Galway
A stalemate in the City of the Tribes.