Category Archives: History

Ireland’s Wars: Charlie Hurley And The Ahawadda Ambush

From the north of the island back to the south we go today, to turn our eyes back to the County of Cork, now established as Ireland’s real hotbed of revolutionary activity, and to another ambush that indicated the scale … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: 1920 In Derry

It has been a while since we have looked at the city of Derry (or Londonderry if it means all that much to you) in the context of Irish military history. In that respect, the city is mostly synonymous with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Flying Columns

The popular memory of the Irish War of Independence, at least if you happen to be Irish, often revolves around the image of the IRA “flying column”. For a large number of people, those two words indicates a very particular … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: British Counter-Moves In 1920

Having spent a good long while on the IRA’s actions in 1920, it is now time that we swing back to the British, who, from a general perspective, were not being entirely passive in the early months of that year. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ballylanders Barracks Attack

Limerick may not have been on the same level as Cork or Tipperary when it came to IRA activity in the War of Independence, but it was not far behind. Those three Munster counties were at the heart of the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Ballinspittal Ambush

In this series, as we continue to follow the path of the Irish revolutionary period, I know that the incidents of note that I “cover” may seem so small-scale that, at times, you may well think that they are barely … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Squad In Spring 1920

Over the last number of entries we have explored the events of the War of Independence throughout the early months of 1920, as the steady escalation of violence continued. We have largely shied away from the capital in favour of … Continue reading

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