Category Archives: Ireland

Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Downfall

This was originally the second half of a larger entry, that I have decided to split as part of a revision/expansion. The first part can be found here. The first campaign that the Earl of Essex had led in Ireland … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Essex’s Munster Campaign

I mentioned last week that the internal court politics of Elizabeth I reign had enough intrigue and conflict related to Ireland to fill up their own entry, but only a brief summation is required to set up what occurred in Ireland throughout … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Munster Rises For Hugh O’Neill

The victory at the Yellow Ford had radically altered the strategic situation in Ireland. In the aftermath, with the northern confederation separating and returning home while the Pale waited with baited breath for a possible attack on its borders, both sides … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Yellow Ford

1598 was going to be a pivotal year in the conflict that was engulfing Ireland. After the campaigns that had racked the country over the previous few years, the situation was in a precarious balance. The English remained in place with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Four Fronts From 1595 To 1597

As 1595 wound down and 1596 began, the Nine Years War continued in its haphazard manner, still yet to evolve into the all or nothing struggle it was later to be defined as. In truth, around this period, the Nine … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: O’Neill’s Declaration And Clontibret

In the aftermath of the victory outside Enniskillen, the combined forces of Hugh Roe O’Donnell and Hugh Maguire swept through northern Connacht, laying waste to all English settlements that they could find, enacting a slaughter that even pro-Irish sources are … Continue reading

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8th Amendment Repeal: An Addendum

After writing my bit for Friday, I got to thinking a bit more about the referendum. If you’re anything like me, then you probably get quite distressed by the sheer weight of the “No” side in terms of posters, online … Continue reading

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